May 30, 2017

Continuing Drama on the Continuing Resolution

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This week the House and Senate are expected to act on a new continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown. The current resolution expires on Friday, and unfortunately Congress has yet to enact a single one of the twelve appropriations bills for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.

Another issue still on the congressional "to do" list is resolving the fate of the Bush tax cuts. Congressional leaders were scheduled to discuss the issue at a White House meeting today. Also, today the Senate is expected to vote on an amendment to establish a three-year moratorium on earmarks. Earlier this month, House and Senate Republicans voted to support a moratorium on earmarks for the 112th Congress.