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Political Report: 9/24/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Only Six Days Left Before Fiscal Year 2018 Ends It’s an odd week when the possibility of the federal government shutting down might only be the second or third biggest story in the news. Last week, the uproar over sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court …

Political Report: 9/11/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Only Seven Days Left in the House Before the End of Fiscal Year 2018 Both the House and the Senate are in session this week, and while the Senate will likely see more action on Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the main focus for …

Political Report: 9/5/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Supreme Court Hearings to Get Headlines, but Funding Deadline Looms Most of the attention this week will be rightfully focused on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be grilled by Republicans and Democrats. However, absent some type of spectacular …

Political Report: 8/27/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Death of Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain Overshadows Passage of FY19 Department of Defense Appropriations Last week, the Senate took a major step towards completing FY 2019 defense appropriations prior to the start of FY 2019. By passing Senate Amendment 3695 to H.R. 6157, …

Political Report: 8/22/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Senate to Pass FY 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations This week, the Senate is likely to pass a major appropriations minibus. The Senate amendment to H.R. 6157 covers both the Department of Defense and the Labor-Health & Human Services (Labor-HHS) appropriation bills and is likely …

Political Report: 7/24/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: House Headed for Exits as End of Fiscal Year Draws Closer On Thursday, July 26th, the House of Representatives will recess for the remainder of the summer and return on September 4th. While the Senate will remain in session and negotiations will continue around appropriations …

Political Report: 7/17/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis and Shane Mason, Senior Market Analyst Main Story: Summer Recess Looms as Spending Negotiations Continue With less than two weeks to go until the House’s summer recess starts on July 26, major progress needs to be made on several appropriations bills. The Senate will continue negotiating a …

Political Report: 7/10/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Congress Returns to a Summer of Controversy Both the House of Representatives and Senate return from their fourth of July recess to major pending fights over a Supreme Court nomination and, of more direct relevance to this piece, appropriations. While the nomination of Judge Brett …

Political Report: 6/26/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: House of Representatives to Pass Department of Defense Appropriations This week the House of Representatives will pass the House Appropriations Committee’s Department of Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 6157). While this legislation will be subject to floor amendments (there were 139 submitted, though only 27 were …

Political Report: 6/19/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research and Analysis Main Story: Senate to Wrap up FY 2019 NDAA as bill heads towards early Conference Committee After a prolonged debate, the Senate passed its version of the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act on Monday evening. This legislation, now named the “John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act …