Update on Government Funding

Congress and the Administration have until midnight Friday, December 22, to fund the Government.

Agency ShutdownToday, the House Rules Committee met to consider H.R. 1370, the legislative vehicle being used by House Republican leadership to advance their planned measure to fund federal agencies, and to avert a lapse in appropriations this Friday at midnight (H.J. Res. 124). The measure would fund the Department of Defense for the rest of Fiscal Year 2018 at higher levels than what current law allows (the Budget Control Act) while keeping all other federal agencies on a short-term spending plan at current funding levels that runs through January 19, 2018. The bill would also provide $81 billion in disaster assistance. The Rules Committee postponed action on this measure this evening, and plans to meet again Wednesday morning. It is not yet known if the measure can pass on the House floor, and it faces widespread opposition in the Senate. Continue reading “Update on Government Funding”

House Passes Tax Legislation

The House of Representatives has passed legislation to change the tax code.

Seal of the U.S. House of Representatives
Seal of the U.S. House of Representatives

Today, the House of Representatives passed the tax conference committee’s agreement (Conference Report for H.R.1) to make large-scale changes to the U.S. tax code. The measure passed by a vote of 227-203 with 12 Republican legislators crossing party lines. The legislation overhauling the tax code must still be approved by the U.S. Senate, which is expected to act on the House-adopted measure later this evening, to then be sent to the President for enactment. Continue reading “House Passes Tax Legislation”