So long, fiscal 2015.
It's the last day of the fiscal year and lawmakers are looking to settle their differences -- at least for the time being -- and pass a short-term funding extension in time to avert a government shutdown tomorrow. The Senate plans to vote on the legislation soon after convening this morning and send it over to the House, where Speaker John Boehner’s decision to step down next month should make it easier for him to push through the bill with the help of Democrats.
A number of conservative Republicans are likely to oppose the funding measure because it doesn’t include language that would bar federal funds for Planned Parenthood though the leaders scheduled a separate vote on defunding the organization. Pay attention to this morning’s Rules Committee meeting, since the simplest way to avoid a government shutdown would be to bring the funding bill to the House floor under a closed rule. There’s some flexibility in the end-of-the day deadline. If Congress is close to finishing a bill, the Office of Management and Budget has the power to let everything stay open for another day.
OK, so say the shutdown is avoided for now, and we near the December expiration of the stopgap funding measure, and we need to figure out fiscal 2016. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's preparing to begin talks with President Obama and other congressional leaders soon on what he hopes will evolve into a two-year budget deal. You also can hear directly from BGOV experts about the latest on these ongoing budget negotiations, whether or not topline spending for both defense and non-defense programs will be increased, and an update on efforts to raise the debt limit later this year.
Eddie Gleason, Federal Legislative Chair
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