Quick Hit – December 19, 2019

Quick Hit – It’s a Holiday Miracle The House and Senate passed two different spending bills totaling $1.4 trillion on the eve of the currently expiring Continuing Resolution. The bills fund the government through September 2020, avoiding a government shutdown. The spending bills are the product of weeks of bipartisan talks. Both bills are headed […]

Quick Hit – December 14, 2019

Appropriations House and Senate appropriators have reportedly reached an agreement “in principle” to avert a government shutdown on the eve of the December 20 deadline.   According to House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), the $1.3 trillion “handshake deal” includes all 12 appropriations bills for fiscal 2020, including […]

Quick Hit – December 8, 2019

Appropriations Updates Appropriations Chairmen Shelby (Senate) and Lowey (House) continue to signal that substantial progress is being made on conferencing some of the twelve appropriations bills. Both have publicly stated that agreements are such that at least some of the bills, including defense appropriations, could be passed by both chambers of Congress before the expiration of the […]

Quick Hit – November 15, 2019

Continuing Resolution. Bottom Line up Front. – Lucy still has control of the football and is about to start moving the goal post. The current continuing resolution expires November 21st. Over the weekend Senate Appropriations Chairman Shelby (R-AL) and President Trump agreed to extend the current CR out to 20 December. Tuesday, House Appropriations Chairwoman […]

Quick Hit – November 1, 2019

The undercurrents of the impeachment inquiry are manifest throughout Congress. Most notably, legislative progress is grinding to a halt. The impeachment resolution this week formalizes the contours of the process and signals a movement of the process out from behind the closed-door classified deposition phase. As we approach the prospect of a November filled with […]

Quick Hit – October 12, 2019

The Continuing Resolution I spent a few days this week with the Shipbuilders Council of America at their fall meeting in Newport News, VA. Attendees represented all aspects of the defense and commercial shipbuilding industry. Members of SCA do hard stuff – they build the most complex ships in the world and integrate them with [...]

Quick Hit – September 29, 2019

The Continuing Resolution As we predicted, a Continuing Resolution (CR) has been signed into law to prevent a government shutdown. It allows maneuvering room for Congress to attempt to close out the FY20 appropriations process. The CR keeps funding at its current levels through November 21st. This resolution allows Congress more time to hash out the appropriations bills […]

Quick Hit – September 13, 2019

Update of Appropriations Bills With just nine legislative days left before the end of the end of FY19, Congress has a lot to do.  The House finished most of their appropriations bills with just the Legislative Branch and Homeland Security bills remaining. The Senate has much more work to do, having passed zero of the twelve […]

Quick Hit – September 4, 2019

The President’s Priorities Welcome back from the Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end of Summer. Congress remains on their August break until next week.  The White House, attempting to get a jump on the impending action, forwarded to Congress its wish list of anomalies requiring funding in the event of a continuing resolution.  The […]

Quick Hit – August 5, 2019

Status of the Budget Congress was very busy in the run up to their August recess. The House has passed 10 of the 12 appropriations bills and marked up the others so they now just need to be brought to the floor for a vote. As reported in a previous Quick Hit, members of both […]