Drought Relief Bill Passes House, But Won’t Help Livestock Producers Through August

By: Friday August 3, 2012 8:15 am

The House of Representatives passed their one-year drought relief bill by a relatively thin margin yesterday, 223-197. They needed 35 votes from Democrats to get it across the line, as 46 Republicans begged off the bill. Here’s the roll call. The House passed this on the last possible day of the session before the August [...]

Tentative Deal Reached to Fund Government Through March 2013

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 12:15 pm

Following up on a previous item, Congressional leaders have indeed agreed to a 6-month stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown at the end of September. The emerging deal is a sharp contrast to previous occasions when House Republicans used the approach of a spending deadline to insist on deep spending cuts in exchange [...]

Stopgap Spending Package Won’t Be Voted On Until After August Recess

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 8:15 am

House and Senate leaders continue to work on a stopgap spending bill to close out the year, and could announce it as early as today. The bill would extend a continuing resolution on the budget for six months, until the end of March 2013. The spending levels would likely equal those designated in the debt [...]

FAA Still on Partial Shutdown as Congress Goes on August Recess

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 6:50 am

Add another $1.2 billion in lost revenue to the contracting fiscal policy we’re embarking on in the midst of a low-growth jobs crisis. After passing the debt limit deal today in the Senate, Congress plans to take a vacation for a month. That’s despite some unfinished business. The FAA is still without authorization, and 4,000 [...]

Gillibrand First to Call on House to Return from Recess to Pass State Fiscal Aid

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 10:10 am

Kirsten Gillibrand has become the first US Senator to formally call on the House of Representatives to return from their August recess and pass the state fiscal aid bill, which will officially get through the Senate by tomorrow night at the latest. In a statement, Gillibrand stresses the importance of getting the money into the [...]

No Energy Bill Until September

By: Tuesday August 3, 2010 12:45 pm

Harry Reid announced that there would be no vote on an energy bill until after the August recess, after a meeting with his caucus. He said that he has no Republican support for the measure, despite the fact that most of the bill was put forward in a bipartisan way, and that a vote on [...]

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