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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR AUGUST 31, 2016:

Legislative Update


Finishing the 114th Congress

Congress is set to return on September 6, after a 7 week recess, for a brief pre-election session. The focus will be on approving a “continuing resolution” (CR).  As none of the twelve annual spending bills have yet been signed into law, and legislators eager to return to the campaign trail as quickly as possible, the pressure will be on the House and Senate leadership to figure out how to proceed on a continuing resolution (CR) to keep federal agencies operating and avoid a September 30 shutdown.

Although there is some pressure from the conservative faction of the Republican Party to pass a six month CR that will keep the government in operation until March, the prevailing thought is that the CR will run until late fall, sometime after the elections.  After which time, the Congress will return in a lame duck session and decide whether to finalize the FY 2017 bills this calendar year, or punt it until next year for the new Congress and new President to resolve.  Most appropriators, and federal agencies, favor dealing with the bills this calendar year, to avoid the uncertainty of a long-term CR.  Agencies like the National Institutes of Health, that received sizeable increases in their budget in both the House and Senate Labor-HHS bills, are especially hopeful that Congress will finalize and pass an FY 2017 omnibus.

Also on the agenda for September, is how Congress will deal with emergency funding to address the spread of the zika virus.  Congress left town in July without resolving the President’s request for emergency funding.  And, with the outbreak of zika in Florida, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for the Congress to act.  At issue is the amount of funding to make available, and whether or not the funding should be labeled “emergency spending” allowing it go outside the budget caps, thereby increasing deficit spending. 

A chart of all of the current status of the appropriations bills is attached. 

Status of FY 2017 Appropriation Bills

 

 

HOUSE

 

Appropriations                      Subcommittee            Full Committee          Floor

Subcommittee                        Markup                      Markup                      Action

Agriculture

 

April 13

 

April 19

 

Commerce, Justice and Science

May 18

May 24

 

Defense

 

May 11

May 17

July 7

Energy & Water

 

April 13

April 19

May 26

Financial Services

 

May 25

June 9

July 7

Homeland Security

 

June 9

June 22

 

Interior & Environment

 

May 25

June 15

 

Labor, Health and Human Services

July 7

July 14

 

Legislative Branch

 

April 20

May 17

June 10

Military Construction/ Veterans Affairs

March 22

April 13

May 19

State & Foreign Operations

July 6

 

 

Transportation/Housing and Urban Development

May 18

May 24

 

 

SENATE

 

Appropriations                      Subcommittee            Full Committee          Floor

Subcommittee                        Markup                      Markup                      Action

Agriculture

 

May 17

May 19

 

Commerce, Justice and Science

April 19

April 21

 

Defense

 

May 24

May 26

 

Energy & Water

 

April 13

April 14

May 12

Financial Services

 

June 16

July 7

 

Homeland Security

 

May 24

May 26

 

Interior & Environment

 

June 14

June 16

 

Labor, Health and Human Services

June 7

June 9

 

Legislative Branch

 

 

May 19

 

Military Construction/ Veterans Affairs

April 13

April 14

May 19

State & Foreign Operations

June 28

June 29

 

Transportation/Housing and Urban Development

April 19

April 21

 


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