Quick Hit – September 15, 2018

Appropriations Update: GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN? Maybe not this year! FY19 Appropriations Appropriations Committee leadership has deployed a clever strategy to break what could have been a massive, and widely disparaged “Omnibus,” into three “minibus” packages. Each minibus is designed to appeal to both Republicans and Democrats in the run up to the election. 9 of 12 […]

Quick Hit – August 26, 2018

Appropriations Update: FY19 Defense Appropriations takes another step forward on an uncommonly fast path to completion as the Senate passes minibus appropriations package FY19 Defense Appropriations This past Thursday, August 23rd, the Senate passed the FY19 minibus appropriations package to set spending priorities for military, labor, health, and education programs by an overwhelming majority of […]

Quick Hit – July 25, 2018

Appropriations Update: FY19 NDAA clears Conference Committee as House enters its last week in session before summer recess FY19 NDAA Defense Funding Levels (in billions) DoD Discretionary Base $616.9 DoE Discretionary Base $21.8 Other Non-Defense $0.3 NDAA Authorized Base Topline $639 Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) $69 NDAA Authorized Topline w/OCO $708.1 Defense-Related Activities Outside NDAA […]

Quick Hit – June 29, 2018

Appropriations Update: Yesterday, the Senate took a major step in the appropriations process when the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the defense subcommittee FY19 markups (30-1), as the full House passed its version later in the day (359-49). In addition, full Senate passage of the FY19 NDAA (85-10) has paved the path forward for the bill to […]

Quick Hit – June 13, 2018

Highlights: This week, The HAC convened to consider the FY19 defense appropriations bill, while the FY19 NDAA is being debated on the Senate floor. SAC-D defense appropriations markup is on track for completion in June. FY19 Defense Appropriations Bill Markup in the House Earlier today, June 13th, the House Appropriations Committee (HAC) marked the FY19 […]

Quick Hit – May 30, 2018

Highlights: Congress is on recess this week. Last week the FY19 NDAA passed on the House floor and made progress in the Senate. The FY19 defense appropriations process also continued in both chambers. NDAA Progress in the House and Senate The House version of the National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA), H.R. 5515, passed with a […]

Quick Hit – May 14, 2018

Highlights: Mark up Season is Well Underway. Finding the Loose Change in FY18.  Appropriations Process and NDAA Movement The appropriations process is underway with multiple House appropriations subcommittees marking their versions of FY19 spending bills.  While the House defense subcommittee has yet to mark, it will likely vote out of subcommittee and full committee by the […]

Quick Hit – March 24, 2018

What Happened? On Thursday afternoon, the House passed a 1.3 trillion dollar omnibus spending package to avoid a third government shutdown this year, which would have occurred after the expiration of the continuing resolution passed earlier in February. Just after midnight Friday, the spending bill also passed in the Senate despite initial misgivings from Senator […]

Quick Hit – March 12, 2018

Highlights Busy weeks on Capitol Hill this month. Over the past two weeks I personally observed appropriations staffs moving about their counterpart’s offices working diligently toward completing conference of the FY18 omnibus appropriation.  Their stated goal was to be complete well before the March 23rd deadline (when CR number five expires). Chairman Frelinghuysen (House Appropriations) put the heat […]

Quick Hit – February 9, 2018

The Bottom Line After a brief shutdown that occurred over night and lasted less than six hours, the Senate approved yet another stopgap funding bill early this morning with a 71-28 vote, followed by a House vote of 240-186 to send the agreement to the president’s desk. The new stopgap bill will keep federal agencies and the military running […]