Archive: Congressional/Budget

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee

House Re-Passes FY 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill

The House of Representatives voted, 250-166, Jan. 30 to re-pass its version of the fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill. The $658.1-billion measure originally received House approval last year but failed to advance to a conference with the gridlocked Senate, which never voted on its $651-billion version.  “It is past time that this essential, must-pass funding bill […]

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Trump Signs Fourth CR For FY 2018 Into Law

President Trump signed into law late Jan. 22 a continuing resolution (CR) that funds the government through Feb. 8 and ends a three-day federal shutdown. Earlier that evening, the Senate and House passed the CR (H.R. 195) by votes of 81-18 and 266-150, respectively. The previous CR expired Jan. 19, and a stalemate over what […]

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Senate Votes To Reopen Government

The Senate approved a continuing resolution (CR) late Jan. 22 that would fund the government through Feb. 8 and end a three-day federal shutdown. The Senate passed the measure by an 81-18 vote, sending it to the House for its consideration. The House was expected to begin voting at roughly 6 p.m. Eastern time. A […]

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DoD Prepares For Possible Shutdown As Congress Debates Funding

The Department of Defense was bracing for a partial shutdown late Jan. 19 as Congress grappled with how to keep the government funded after a stopgap measure expires at midnight. The House approved a new continuing resolution (CR) late Jan. 18 that would keep the government open through Feb. 16, but the measure (H.J. Res. […]

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House Appropriations Chair Unveils New CR

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has introduced a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government open through Feb. 16, his office announced late Jan. 16. If enacted into law, the CR (H.J.Res. 125) will replace the one that expires Jan. 19, becoming the fourth such stopgap measure for fiscal […]

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (Photo courtesy of Rep. Ryan's office)

House Speaker Urges Budget Deal To Help Restore Military Readiness

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is prodding his fellow lawmakers to reach an agreement on a fiscal year 2018 budget, saying that the lack of such a deal is worsening the military’s already severe readiness problems. At his weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill Jan. 11, Ryan said that too few planes, ships and soldiers […]

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New CR Becomes Law But Draws Sen. McCain’s Ire

President Donald Trump signed into law Dec. 22 a continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government open until Jan. 19 and provide $4.7 billion in emergency funding for ballistic missile defense and Navy ship repairs. The Senate approved the CR (H.R. 1370) by a 66-32 vote late Dec. 21 following similar action in […]

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Short-Term Budget Resolution Includes Sec. 702 Deadline Extension, IC Officials Urge Full Reauthorization

Congress passed a short-term budget resolution last Thursday which includes extending a National Security Agency (NSA) authority that allows for the warrantless collection of foreign suspects’ communications outside of U.S. borders. The surveillance law, Sec. 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA), was set to expire on Dec. 31, but amid pressure from the […]

The USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). Photo: U.S. Navy.

New CR Includes Billions For Missile Defense, Ship Repairs

The House of Representatives passed a new continuing resolution (CR) late Dec. 21 that would keep the federal government open until Jan. 19 and provide billions of dollars in emergency funding for missile defense and Navy ship repairs. The CR (H.R. 1370), which was headed to the Senate for its consideration, would provide about $4 […]

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Schumer Resists Placing Defense ‘Anomalies’ In New CR

As lawmakers continued negotiations Dec. 20 on a new continuing resolution (CR), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats would oppose attempts to include “anomalies” that are designed to get around defense spending limits. While the new CR would generally freeze funding at the previous fiscal year’s level and prevent the start of new programs, […]