Shutdown Continues with Far-Reaching Implications The almost month-long shutdown of twenty-five percent of the federal bureaucracy has reached the point that collateral damage is growing. The direct consequence of the shutdown, federal employees and contractors not being paid and agencies’ activities like permitting and processing applications halted in mid-stream, is now creating significant ripple effects.
Twenty-One Days and Counting – No Wall, No Deal It is now twenty-one days into the partial government shutdown over President Trump’s demand that Congress appropriate $5.7 billion for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and negotiations to resolve the shutdown have shown little to no progress. As of this Saturday, the
Congress Convenes with Focus on Reopening Federal Agencies The 116th Congress convened January 3 and voted to elect Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Speaker of the House. This action formalized her return to the Constitutional Office. Pelosi’s election marks the first time since 1955 that a Member who previously served as Speaker returned to the
Budget Deadline Looming As of late Friday, the Senate was in the midst of voting on a second Continuing Resolution (CR) after the House refused to act on the CR that the Senate approved by voice vote earlier this week, a six-weeks long “clean” CR (H.R. 695), because it did not include funding of the
FY 2019 Budget Talks, One Week To Go With one week before Congress hits the December 21 deadline to pass a fiscal year 2019 budget, congressional leadership and Administration officials have yet to identify a path forward to avoid a limited governmental shutdown. The meeting between the president and House Speaker designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)