Week in Review, or FY 2014 Budget - The Sequel

April 15th 2013  |  Week in Review

On Wednesday April 10th, the President delivered his FY 2014 budget request to Congress. You may recall that this delivery normally takes place the first week of February, but has been delayed this year due to uncertainties surrounding the “fiscal cliff” deal and sequestration, the across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in back on March 1st. [...]

Week in Review, or Settled on the Sequester

March 4th 2013  |  Week in Review

After months of declarations from both parties about how sequestration is just plain bad policy that could be devastating to the economy, the White House and Congress were unable to be broker a deal to avoid the automatic, across-the-board cuts to federal discretionary spending. On Thursday, one day before the March 1st deadline, the Senate [...]

Week in Review, or Rovers and Recess

August 6th 2012  |  Week in Review

I’ll be taking a cue from Congress and enjoying a recess of my own over the next five weeks. Follow me on Twitter (@NEWSciPol) for timely updates, and keep an eye out for my next Week in Review on September 10th. I’m a bit bleary eyed this morning, as I spent the wee hours glued [...]

Week in Review, or Health Care Upheld

July 2nd 2012  |  Week in Review

Last week in Washington, pundits waited breathlessly for the long-awaited verdict from the Supreme Court on whether or not they would uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as “Obamacare,” in honor of its place at the top of President Obama’s legislative priority list). The court issued its 5-4 decision on [...]

Week in Review, or Suggesting a Short-Term Solution

May 20th 2012  |  Week in Review

The specter of an overwhelming lame duck session became a bit less scary this week, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle suggested that, instead of finding a “go big” solution to the major problems facing the Congress in November (e.g., extension of tax cuts, raising the debt ceiling, “fixing” sequestration, and completing FY [...]

Week in Review, or Replacing Sequestration

May 14th 2012  |  Week in Review  |  3 Comments

Members of the House and Senate were back in DC last week after their previous one-week recess. As I reported in my last update, the House considered a reconciliation bill, which has been marketed as a replacement for “sequestration,” the process by which significant spending cuts will begin in January 2013. The bill, which identifies [...]

Weeks in Review, or Spring has Sprung

April 16th 2012  |  Week in Review

It’s been lovely and quiet in Washington, with schools on spring break, Congress in recess, and the cherry blossoms already come and gone. When both chambers return to the capitol this week, they will continue on with the appropriations process, despite the looming election impasse expected later in the year. Contrary to previous reports, CQ [...]

Week in Review, or Budget Resolve

March 19th 2012  |  Week in Review

With the House in recess last week, work continued behind the scenes to draft the FY 2013 budget resolution which is expected to be marked up this week.  CQ reports that this budget resolution will likely come in about $20 less than the top-line number agreed to in the Budget Control Act and currently being [...]

Week in Review, or Widening the Gap

March 12th 2012  |  Week in Review

Both the House and Senate were in session last week, with their attention largely focused on passing the JOBS Act and continuing to debate the contentious transportation bill. On the appropriations front, as reported last week, House Republicans have been mulling over enacting a top-line spending number for FY 2013 that is less than what [...]

Week in Review, or Deficit Deja Vu

March 5th 2012  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

With members of Congress back in town last week and appropriations season heating up, reports emerged once again about renewed efforts to identify solutions to address the federal deficit. CQ reports that the Senate “Gang of Six” and members of the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction are among those rumored to have [...]