House and Senate Committee Musical Chairs

At Plurus Strategies, we are not only policy experts, but also big political junkies. Our idea of the August recess, even when the Senate is in for all but one week, is finding time to take a look at how election outcomes may impact House and Senate committee leadership and membership in the next Congress. Click through for our analysis of potential changes in the House and Senate.

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FY19 Appropriations Update: A Bunch of Trip Wires

There are a handful of potential “trip wires” that could derail the appropriations process between now and the end of the fiscal year. It remains to be seen what happens when Congress returns from their recess, and how much governing Congressional Republicans are willing to do to avoid a government shut down just before the midterm elections.

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FY19 Appropriations Outlook: What Moves When and How

As Congress returned from the Fourth of July holiday this week, the House and Senate will dedicate much of their time between now and the brief August recess to passing legislation to continue funding the federal government. While Congress may ultimately turn to a continuing resolution that punts an omnibus appropriations bill to the lame duck session or into next year, we anticipate that both chambers will try to move as many appropriations measures via minibus packages before fiscal year 2018 appropriations expire on September 30. 

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Countdown to Election Day: Six Months to Go

Today marks six months until Election Day, and the battle for congressional control begins in earnest, with primaries in four key states that will test whether Democrats can turn the president’s low approval ratings to their advantage, or if the favorable map, especially in the Senate, will sufficiently protect Republican leadership. We are keeping a close eye on five policy issues that rise to the top of importance in the next six months, and another five political issues that could impact this election, but, first, a quick reminder about the electoral map and a peek at the primaries.

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David Leiter
Spring 2018 Congressional Agenda

Members of Congress return this week from a two-week recess with a full agenda and without much time in which to accomplish their goals before turning their attention fully to the midterm elections. The Senate is scheduled to be in session for 104 days between now and Election Day, and the House, 71. We've rounded up issues we think will receive floor time prior to the election.

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