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Budget & Appropriations

What’s in the Nov. ’19 CR?

Congress finally passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government for another month.  Funding for federal agencies was extended through December 20 under a stopgap funding measure that averted a government shutdown as fiscal 2020 appropriations negotiations continue.  However, expectations are low for a full fiscal 2020 spending deal by next month’s deadline.  Appropriators continue to argue over the top-line allocations for the 12 fiscal 2020 spending bills, […]

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The Week in Washington – 09/27/2019

Lawmakers are set to depart Washington for the next two weeks, leaving five legislative weeks before the Nov. 21 deadline. None of the fiscal 2020 spending bills have been signed into law, and appropriators must pass all 12 bills into law in those five weeks. Ukraine Scandal Grows Into Impeachment Threat Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukraine’s president are shaping up to be the most serious threat to his presidency so […]

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The Week in Washington – 09/20/2019

Mandatory Arbitration Ban Bill The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (H.R. 1423) would prohibit mandatory arbitration agreements in employment, consumer, and other contracts. The bill would invalidate an arbitration agreement if it requires arbitration of an employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil rights dispute. The White House would veto the measure. If Congress passes the measure in its current form and is presented to President Donald Trump for his signature, his […]

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The Week in Washington – 09/13/2019

Democratic Debate The Democratic debate Thursday evening, now with just 10 candidates, threw into sharp relief a dividing line among Democrats, as the contenders argued how far to go to insure more Americans health and promote fair trade. Former Vice President Joe Biden raised doubts about the cost of “Medicare for All” and defended his public service. In her first time on stage with Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) held back, focusing […]

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