DC Digest – March 3, 2017
OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
In Today’s Issue:
- Funding the Ed Department
- Another Stopgap Funding Bill
- One Tough Day
EDUCATION FUNDING UNDER TRUMP
House lawmakers tasked with writing a bill to fund education, labor, and health programs are preparing themselves for President Trump’s budget call for cuts. The lawmakers revealed Wednesday that proposed cuts could run as high as $20 billion — a roughly 12-percent drop from the $161.6 billion that the panel tasked with funding those programs proposed in the still-unpassed bill for fiscal year 2017.
“That just would be truly devastating,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), ranking member of the House appropriations subcommittee that oversees those areas. “We couldn’t sustain the needs of the programs that are under our jurisdiction.”
GETTING THROUGH FY17
House Speaker Paul Ryan suggested today that Congress will need to pass another stopgap spending bill or bundled appropriations package to finish out fiscal 2017 and avoid government shutdown.
“Are we going to have 11 bills moving? No,” Ryan said. “We don’t have the time for that.”
The speaker was asked about the fate of fiscal 2017 appropriations just after House GOP leaders announced this year’s defense spending bill would get a vote next week. That measure has bipartisan support in the House, and some Democrats are hopeful it could make it through the Senate as part of a package with other domestic spending.
STUCK IN THE OFFICE?
At least you’re not this Barred Owl whose Friday commute was more treacherous than most… Enjoy the weekend!