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GAC Congressional Update

Feb 20, 2018

Budget Stalemate Congress is expected to vote for the fifth time this week to temporarily extend (this time through March 22) the current levels of funding for federal operations under what is called a continuing resolution. The federal government has been functioning in this way since the 2018 fiscal year began on September 30, 2017 […]

GAC Congressional Update

Oct 9, 2017

In September, President Trump struck a bipartisan deal with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, 12th) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that provided some immediate federal funding for the various emergencies resulting from an active hurricane season, extended the temporary suspension of the debt limit, and funded all other federal government operations until […]

GAC Congressional Update

Aug 23, 2017

Congressional Republicans, nursing their wounds after the bruising debate to repeal Obamacare ended in failure, look to regroup in the fall and get their legislative agenda back on track. The crown jewel in that agenda is passing a comprehensive and permanent tax reform package. But many practical and political obstacles remain in the path to […]

 

GAC Congressional Update

Jul 20, 2016

Congress skipped town last week to kick off what will be a seven week summer recess as the 2016 general election campaign gets fully underway. The abnormally long break is the result of both political parties pushing up their nominating conventions this cycle to July. The Republicans are currently holding their convention in Cleveland, OH, […]

GAC Congressional Update

Dec 22, 2015

The first session of the 114th Congress wrapped up last week and Members are home for the holidays after having completed the most comprehensive and expensive tax and spending package since the fiscal cliff deal at the end of 2012. President Obama signed the package into law on Friday December 18, 2015. The package includes […]

GAC Congressional Update

Oct 6, 2015

After the Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his resignation, Congress acted last week to avert a government shutdown. The legislation, called the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016, extended spending on federal government operations until December 11, 2015 (spending on both defense and non-defense discretionary programs were reduced by .21 percent from fiscal year 2015 […]

GAC Congressional Update

Aug 5, 2015

The House of Representatives took off for summer break after clearing a short term transportation funding bill, while the Senate passed the same bill, as well as a longer-term transportation bill last week. It is anticipated to be an action packed fall with Congress attempting to address many politically tricky issues on tight deadlines, including: […]

GAC Congressional Update

Jun 30, 2015

Congress finished up the June work period last week after enacting key elements of President Obama’s trade agenda. Congress will now focus in the July work period on extending the charter for the Export-Import Bank, which expires on June 30 2015, and providing funding for federal highway programs, which expire on July 31 2015, before […]

GAC Congressional Update

Jun 1, 2015

Congress recently wrapped up a busy work period in May, but is still left with unfinished business heading into the summer. The most pressing item on the Congressional agenda for June is the reauthorization of certain federal government surveillance provisions originally contained in the USA PATRIOT Act. Those provisions expired beginning June 1, 2015 and […]

GAC Congressional Update

Apr 3, 2015

Congress left town last week for a two week recess over the Easter holiday after both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed their respective budget blueprints. Congress is also poised to adopt legislation that would permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) Medicare physician repayment formula when they return on the week of […]