Democrats Leaning Toward Stopgap Funding Bill

With government funding due to expire Dec. 3, House Democrats are leaning toward passing another short-term spending patch that would push a shutdown threat deeper into December Congressional appropriators have been trying to reach consensus over the dozen annual bills that dictate federal spending but are nowhere near a deal, meaning another stopgap spending bill… Read more »

Schumer, McConnell Meet to Discuss Debt Limit

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) met yesterday to discuss plans to address the looming debt limit. The debt ceiling has become a politically volatile issue as Republicans blocked initial efforts to raise the debt limit through 2022 and have insisted that Democrats should own their own spending… Read more »

House Begins Debate on BBB Act Today

The House began debate today on the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act, with a vote on the package likely tonight or tomorrow. The timing of the vote depends on the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) release of the remaining pieces of its cost analysis. Moderate House Democrats have communicated to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that… Read more »

End-Of-Year Stopgap Spending Bill Seems Likely

Congress has a full plate of must-pass legislation coming up, including legislation to fund the government and address the debt limit. Given Democrats’ focus on passing the sweeping $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act, lawmakers are bracing for a busier-than-usual December. At the end of September, Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown by passing a… Read more »