A continuing resolution that would fund government agencies through Nov. 21 is headed to the White House for President Trump’s signature after the Senate voted 82-15 on Thursday to pass the measure, Government Executive reported.Read More »
The Senate voted 67-28 to pass a two-year budget deal to increase defense spending by approximately $45B, Defense News reported Thursday. The $2.7T deal would raise defense funding from spending levels of $716B to $738B in 2020 to $740B in 2021. It also includes an agreement to exclude “poison pill” riders that limit the administration’s ability to direct funds toward the border wall project.Read More »
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she hopes the lower chamber can pass a deal to raise the debt ceiling and set spending levels by July 26, CNBC reported Wednesday. Pelosi said she expects the White House and the chamber to agree on a measure by Friday, July 19 to allow lawmakers to work on the legislative text over the weekend.Read More »
A group of House lawmakers called on the House Appropriations Committee to include a provision to compensate federal contractor workers for their lost wages in upcoming funding measures as the result of a 35-day partial government shutdown. The lawmakers sent a letter Thursday to Committee Chairman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-Texas) citing the financial impact of the shutdown on employees of federal contractors.Read More »
Senate and House lawmakers said they have reached a tentative deal preventing another government shutdown on Friday night, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Representatives from both chambers made the agreement after Democrats dropped some demands to limit immigrant detention. The lawmakers also settled and are denying full funding for President Trump’s proposed walls along the U.S.-Mexico border.Read More »
The Congressional Budget Office has released a report that assesses the effects of the five-week partial government shutdown on the federal budget and economy. CBO estimates that the partial shutdown resulted in the delay of federal discretionary spending worth approximately $18B for the procurement of goods and services, compensation and other government services, according to the report.Read More »
Former Homeland Security officials requested the Trump administration to end the ongoing partial government shutdown as it may soon put national security at risk and create other issues lasting years, The Hill reported Thursday. Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security secretary under the Obama administration, described the shutdown as “a security crisis” that's causing stress, hardship and anxiety across federal agencies.Read More »
Dave Mihelcic, federal chief technology and strategy officer at Juniper Networks, has said the government shutdown could push potential new hires, technologists and other highly skilled employees to seek employment outside the federal government, Nextgov reported Friday. “If this shutdown goes for much longer, you could see some of those best, most employable [people] fleeing,” he told Nextgov.