Quick Hit – February 17, 2020

Quick Hit – What Just Happened? You might have seen a minor blip in the news late last week as Members of Congress were departing on a one-week “district work week.” The President has asked to move $3.8B of FY20 funds from Defense to the border wall – again.  The President’s ask came in the […]

Quick Hit – February 11, 2020

The President’s FY21 Budget I wish I had coined the phrase, but believe Huntington Ingalls’ Mitch Waldman spoke it first when commenting on the five-year budget forecast that accompanied last year’s FY20 budget – “Flat is the new up!” It’s here. Monday, President Trump delivered the FY21 budget to Congress. It landed as most President’s […]

Quick Hit – January 31, 2020

Fractured Government It’s official, the balance of power between the Executive and Congressional branches of government is not equal today. It will be a generational challenge, if not longer, to find a path to restore the balance. Regardless of your position on the merits of impeachment, we are living in a period where the Executive […]

Quick Hit – January 13, 2020

Consumer Electronics Show 2020 I spent a couple of days last week at the Consumer Electronics Show. Since its inception decades ago, it has continued to attract a global attendance that exceeds 200,000 visitors, making it the largest of its type in the world. Standouts this year were large segments of show space dedicated to […]

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 […]