Week in Review, or Reaching for Regular Order

December 14th 2013  |  Week in Review

The House passed a compromised spending deal for FY 2014 and FY 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (H.J. Res. 59) on Thursday. The bill establishes a spending cap for FY 2014 at $1.012 trillion, (a compromise between the House-set budget level of $967 and the Senate level of $1.056 trillion). The $1.012 trillion […]

Week in Review, or Let’s Make a Deal

December 8th 2013  |  Week in Review

As we approach the December 13th goal date, leaders of the bicameral Budget Conference Committee seem optimistic about delivering a spending plan that will set levels for both FY 2014 and FY 2015. There is bipartisan support for a topline spending level above the current post-sequester amount of $987 billion and as high as $1.01 […]

Week in Review, or Your 19th Committee Countdown

November 4th 2013  |  Week in Review

The joint budget conference committee charged with finding a resolution for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 spending by December 13th met for the first time this week. As reported last week, members of the committee have backed away from predictions of a “grand bargain” and instead are focused on solving the most immediate challenge–finalizing FY 2014 appropriations […]

Week in Review, or Hanging in the Balance

October 14th 2013  |  Week in Review

We are about to enter the third week of the government shutdown and ongoing issues associated with lagging federal reimbursements and furloughed staff across the country are starting to sting. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on The Impacts of the Government Shutdown on Our Economic Security on Friday. The […]

Week in Review, or Shutdown and Bound

October 7th 2013  |  Week in Review

After what seems like years of threatening to shut down the government over fiscal disagreements, Congress finally followed through on something. Senate Democrats and House Republicans failed to agree on the terms of a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded beyond fiscal year (FY) 2013, forcing a government shut down to begin on […]

Week in Review, or Party Like It’s 1995

September 29th 2013  |  Week in Review

Unless you’ve been hiding in your lab, (which I would heartily recommend), you know by now that Congress struggled last week and this weekend to discern the path forward for the government at the end of the fiscal year, a.k.a. tonight (Monday) at midnight. Before leaving town on Friday, the Senate responded to the House’s […]

Week in Review, or Steering Clear of a Shutdown

September 23rd 2013  |  Week in Review

With just over a week to go before the beginning of the next fiscal year, the House on Friday passed a short-term FY 2014 continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government funded at FY 2013 levels (about $988 million) through mid-December. Also included in the bill, however, was a provision that would defund The […]

Week in Review, or Running Against the Wind

September 16th 2013  |  Week in Review

Despite much needed discussion about the budget, Congress was mired last week in debate over the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Meanwhile, between the pending implementation of some of the more impactful provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the earlier-than-expected expiration of the debt ceiling, (the amount of national debt that can […]

Week in Review, or Welcome Back Washington!

September 9th 2013  |  Week in Review

After another quiet and relatively cool August here in Washington, I find myself once again in denial that September is not only already here, but is also almost one-third over! If the back-to-school frenzy and significant uptick in traffic doesn’t force me to accept this reality, then the annual return of Congress from its five-week […]

Week in Review, or Debating Many Deals

July 29th 2013  |  Week in Review

With just one more week to go before the August recess, both the House and Senate are moving forward on FY 2014 spending bills while simultaneously debating what the inevitable continuing resolution (CR) will look like. Because House and Senate appropriators are operating at a $91 billion top-line spending gap, it is all but assured […]