Congress has been rushing to tie up any loose legislative ends before going into recess, allowing members to return to their states & districts for the August district work period.
The House of Representatives passed legislation raising the debt ceiling and setting the federal budget in a bipartisan deal with President Trump. The bill allows a $324 billion increase in discretionary spending for two years.
The deal significantly reduces the chances of defaulting on the U.S. debt or a government shutdown. The deal also puts the federal budget under the Trump administration well on the way to a more than $1 trillion deficit, double the level in 2016.
The bill would avert a default on U.S. debt payments in early September by extending the borrowing limit through July 31, 2021. Congress will still need to pass spending bills adhering to the new $1.3 trillion cap when the new fiscal year begins October 1.
After the August recess, Congress will need to work quickly over September to pass spending bills. The Senate has yet to draft any spending bills, meaning that a stopgap continuing resolution remains a likely outcome.
This Week in the States
Hawaii – Hawaii becomes 26th state to decriminalize marijuana
Alaska – Deadlock continues as Alaska House minority Republicans oppose capital budget fix and ‘reverse sweep’
Kentucky – Lawmakers Advance Bevin’s Pension Bill During Special Session
Alabama – “Fair tax” legislation would replace income, sales tax with consumption tax
Texas – Top Officials Attempt To Clarify New Hemp Law For Prosecutors
Indiana – Local hemp farmer, others, sue state and governor
Wisconsin – Governor will oppose changes to line-item veto powers