Quick Hit – July 9, 2019

Rising Pressure – All Stop on Senate Appropriations We’ve suggested it in the last several Quick Hits. Now the FY20 stall is upon us. Senate Appropriations Chairman Shelby has halted markups on 2020 spending bills until a deal is reached on spending limits under the Budget Control Act. Senate Majority Leader McConnell doesn’t want to […]

Quick Hit – July 1, 2019

The NDAA On Thursday, the Senate took the unusual step of moving the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) through quickly by packing 93 amendments into one vote instead of the more conventional process of lengthy debates and votes over each. The House has gone on recess without voting on their version of the NDAA […]

Quick Hit – June 18, 2019

This is a big week on the Hill with significant legislation moving to the floor in both chambers while budget and debt ceiling negotiations with the White House continue – here’s what you need to know. The House Minibus(es) It’s moving to the floor for a vote. The minibus is one spending package of $1 […]

Quick Hit – June 4, 2019

Disaster Aid, “Minibus,” and Markups: So much for a do-nothing Congress. Plenty is finally happening and it’s challenging to keep up.  Despite public perception of a singular focus on whether to proceed with impeachment, A LOT is happening. Congress returned after the Memorial Day recess and got straight to work. Some glimmers of positive movement […]

Quick Hit – May 24, 2019

The Senate NDAA Markup Is In – What Does it Mean? Yesterday, the Senate Armed Services Committee released high level detail of its final markup for the FY20 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act).  Detailed tables will be released in the first week of June. The Senate version of the bill differs from the one the […]

Quick Hit – May 16, 2019

Appropriations Before Authorizations? Yesterday, the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee (HAC-D) passed its version of the defense spending bill for Fiscal Year 2020, approving $690.2 billion in overall discretionary spending. This number is an increase from FY19 but, below what President Trump and Republicans wanted. The bills will now move to the full House Appropriations Committee […]

Quick Hit – May 6, 2019

Friday, the House formally began the process of “marking” appropriations bills by beginning to advance bills from subcommittee level. Three of the twelve appropriations bills moved out of their respective subcommittees: Labor / Health and Human Services (HHS); Legislative Branch; and, Military Construction / VA. Marks signify recommended changes to the President’s Budget request by […]

Quick Hit – April 17, 2019

Why Do “Caps” Matter? The Highlights President Trump’s budget cuts non-defense programs by $53 billion and raises defense by $34 billion. House Democrats are not happy…but neither are Senate Republicans. It is possible for Congress to negotiate some of these major cuts by raising the budget spending caps enacted by the Budget Control Act of […]

Quick Hit – April 3, 2019

Here We Go Again – The Road to a Continuing Resolution What it Means Well, it was too good to last. Most FY19 spending bills flew through the system with relative ease last year, largely owing to the existence of a budget agreement at the beginning of the process. While the border wall caused some […]

Quick Hit – March 11, 2019

It’s not about “the wall.”  The wall is a political lever. Here’s what matters: The budget for FY20 has finally been released to Congress. Before going down the rabbit hole of “border wall” funding, let’s look at a few definitions and facts. The Office of Management and Budget released the FY20 “President’s Budget” today, known […]