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.Read More
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.Read More
As we enter the September work period, Congress will first have to address the budget, appropriations, the debt limit, and expiring authorization measures, with tax reform and healthcare in the mix as well. However, we’re already thinking about the next big item on the agenda: infrastructure. An issue that crosses eight committee jurisdictions, crafting modern infrastructure policy will necessitate the input of many different parties, so where do we start?Read More
Facing a ticking clock to keep the federal government open, we expect Congress to focus on the FY18 budget resolution, FY18 appropriations, and the debt ceiling when it returns in September.Read More
The past couple of days have been interesting for healthcare, in part because they set a different stage for other upcoming legislative efforts.
The recent healthcare developments set up a Hail Mary for Senator McConnell to get something done, but Super Bowls have been won on those passes. Is Senator McConnell Tom Brady?Read More
Since launching Plurus Strategies May 1, David Leiter, Georgette Spanjich, and Sarah Litke have practiced what they’ve preached – Plurus means more.Read More