US Congress

  • 2016-07-11 11:16


    --House to Consider Interior FY 2017 Spending Bill
    --Senate Will Try Again on $516B Defense Spending
    --Senate Banking Panel Holds Hearing On China

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - Congress will spend this week working on a handful of pressing issues and then intensify preparation for the summer political conventions and autumn fiscal battles.

    The Senate is scheduled this week to return to the stalled $516 billion Defense spending bill for the 2017 fiscal year.

  • 2016-07-06 14:22


    --Senate Majority Leader Blasts Democrats on Appropriations
    --House to Take Up Financial Services Spending Bill Thursday

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday blasted Democrats for blocking passage of the spending bills for the 2017 fiscal year.

    In comments to reporters after a Senate Republican policy luncheon, McConnell said while the Senate Appropriations Committee has managed to pass all 12 of the spending bills for FY 2017, the bills have largely languished when they reach the Senate floor.

    McConnell said it jas been "a bit of a challenge getting appropriations bills across the floor" of the Senate and approved by the upper chamber.

  • 2016-07-05 13:33


    --Congress Takes Up Several Contentious Bills This Week
    --House to Consider Controversial Financial Services Spending Bill
    --House Budget Panel Holds Two Hearings on Rules Fix

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - With Congress preparing to wrap up its summer legislative session by the end of next week, senior congressional leaders are trying to develop a strategy that keeps the federal government funded for the October 1 start of the new fiscal year.

  • 2015-12-28 13:56


    --Senate Expected to Vote on Customs Bill Early in 2016
    --Fate of TPP Unclear After Sen McConnell Warning
    --President Obama Says TPP Can Pass on Bipartisan Vote

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - As it pertains to trade legislation in 2016, Congress has to deal with the leftovers before moving on to the main course.

    The leftover issue is the customs legislation that was hammered into final form by top lawmakers in early December and then approved by the House December 11 on a 256 to 158 vote.

    The customs bill was then sent to the Senate, but the upper chamber was not able to take up the legislation before adjourning for the year.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said at a briefing December 18 that he is not certain when the Senate will take up the customs bill

  • 2015-12-18 09:57


    --House Approves $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill, 316 to 113
    --Senate To Vote Friday On Combined Spending, Tax Package

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The House passed a $1.1 trillion fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending bill Friday, sending both this spending bill and an earlier passed tax extenders bill to the Senate.

    The House Friday approved the omnibus spending bill, 316 to 113. On Thursday, the House approved a $622 billion tax extenders package on a 318 to 109 vote.

    The two bills will be combined when they reach the Senate Friday morning. The Senate may hold several procedural votes Friday related to the fiscal package before moving to final passage.

  • 2015-12-17 13:10


    --House Passes Tax Bill, Set to Begin Omnibus Debate
    --House to Vote Friday on Omnibus Spending Bill
    --Senate to Vote Friday on Combined Package

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The House easily passed a more than $600 billion tax extenders package, Thursday.

    The House approved the bill on a 318 to 109 vote.

    The House is now set to begin debating the $1.1 trillion fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending bill. The House will vote Friday morning on the omnibus spending bill.

  • 2015-12-17 12:06


    --House Speaker Ryan: 'Feel Pretty Good' About Key Bills
    --Rep. Ryan: 'We Have A Bipartisan Compromise'
    --Rep. Ryan: Determined to Pass Individual Bills Next Year

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he's confident the agreements on spending and tax legislation will win approval in Congress in the coming days.

    At a briefing, Ryan said he "feels good" about the political support for the spending and tax bills.

    "I feel pretty good about where we are," Ryan said.

  • 2015-12-17 10:48


    --Sen McConnell: Touts Repeal of Oil Export Ban
    --Sen Reid: GOP Blocked Key Assistance For Puerto Rico

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday the bipartisan agreements on a $1.1 trillion fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending bill and a $650 billion tax extenders package over a decade are far from perfect, but acceptable and deserving of passage.

    "This legislation is worth supporting," McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor.

    McConnell said the overall legislation would boost the U.S.'s economy and advance national security.

    McConnell praised the repeal of the ban on exporting oil, saying this underlying law was a "relic from the 1970s" and had "cost our economy jobs and it strengthens oil exporters like Iran and Russ

  • 2015-12-17 09:56


    --House Expected to Pass Tax Package Easily
    --House To Begin Omnibus Debate Thursday, Vote Friday
    --Senate Likely to Vote on Combined Package Friday

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The House will begin advancing Thursday the bipartisan agreements on spending and tax legislation, with a vote early Thursday afternoon on the $650 billion tax extenders package.

    The House is expected to approve the tax package shortly after noon Thursday and then begin debating the $1.1 trillion fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending bill.

    The House will vote Friday morning on the omnibus spending bill.

  • 2015-12-16 16:14


    --Lawmakers from Both Chambers Study Fiscal Accords
    --House to Vote Thursday on Tax Bill, Omnibus Friday
    --Senate Likely to Vote Friday on Combined Package

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - As lawmakers from both the U.S.