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 […]

Quick Hit – July 23, 2019

The Budget Deal and Debt Ceiling Agreement Reached! A deal has been reached between the White House and House Democrats to lift budget caps and increase the debt ceiling for two years. The agreement will allocate $738 billion for defense spending and $632 billion for non-defense spending in FY20 and $740 billion for defense and […]

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 […]