WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

The House will vote on several major bills on energy and the environment, including a bipartisan energy policy bill, energy funding, an update to the Toxic Substances Act, and lowering restrictions on anti-mosquito chemicals in response to the Zika outbreak. The Senate will work on the annual defense bill (NDAA) and reauthorizing the Sex Offender Management Assistance […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

The House will vote on the Defense Authorization bill (NDAA), Zika funding, and Military Construction-VA Appropriations. The Senate continues work on Transportation/Housing Appropriations, with a Zika funding provision. IN THE SENATE: The Senate will consider the  “THUD” and “MilCon-VA” appropriations bills together, as a substitute amendment to H.R. 2577. H.R. 2577: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development […]

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

Puerto Rico defaulted on largest debt payment so far, as lawmakers work on new legislative solution to the island’s debt crisis. Several much anticipated rules (proposed and final) were released this week. Treasury Department announced efforts to stem tax fraud, largely in response to Panama Papers. House and Senate were on recess, working back home; both […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

This week, Congress will vote on a range of issues, including: Extending warrant requirement for law enforcement access to emails greater than six months old New homeland and aviation security provisions Disapproving the new Fiduciary Rule, lowering barriers for companies pitching angel investors Protections for U.S. Manufacturing and intellectual property Energy and Water spending bill […]

Issue Spotlight: What’s in the #Omnibus?

Our non-exhaustive outline, drawing from committee sources, summaries, and bill text: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (The “Omnibus”)   A. Agriculture Rural Development: $2.8 billion ($36.7 billion in loan authorizations for rural communities to address housing, electrification and telecommunication needs) Natural Resources Conservation Service: $864 million Food Safety $1 billion for the Food Safety and Inspection […]

What’s an “Omnibus” bill?

The end-of-year "Omnibus" Spending Bill is by now a Congressional holiday tradition — as is the "will they or won't they?" nail-biter finish that comes within hours of a stated deadline and sometimes pushes through multiple short-term extensions…and delayed holiday plans. Technically, the Omnibus is one big bill that "carries" lots of smaller bills. And […]