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Political Report: 1/16/2018

By Shane Mason, Senior Market Analyst Main Story: Efforts to Avoid Shutdown Captive to Political Disputes The current continuing resolution (CR), which funds the federal government, expires at the end of the week. Congressional leaders are faced with three options before the January 19 deadline—pass a short-term CR to keep the government open and negotiate …

Political Report: 1/8/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Both Chambers in Session as Funding Deadline Looms The House and the Senate are back and in-session this week and facing another self-imposed deadline. The current continuing resolution (CR) runs out on January 19th and, despite a meeting last week with both parties’ leadership, the …

Political Report: 1/2/2018

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Meet the New Year, Same as the Old Year: Government Funding Runs out January 19th Happy New Year and welcome to 2018. Congress is starting this year the same way it ended the last one, bickering over how to handle government spending. The current continuing resolution funds …

Political Report: 12/18/2017

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Congress Looks to Pass Tax Cuts and a Continuing Resolution Before Friday The current continuing resolution funding the government runs out on Friday the 22nd and there is no clear plan for what happens next. House conservatives are pushing for the lower chamber to pair …

Political Report: 12/12/2017

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: NDAA Signing and Higher Spending Levels in Potential Budget Deal May Mean a Merry Christmas for Defense As the clock ticks closer to Christmas, Congress has yet to resolve any of the major issues facing it, but at least the NDAA should be signed as …

Political Report: 12/5/2017

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: CR Will Likely Pass by Friday, but Length Is to Be Determined With only four days remaining until the current continuing resolution expires, Congress’ path forward remains unclear. House Republican leadership has announced that they will pass a two-week CR that would continue funding through …

Political Report: 11/27/2017

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: The CR End Date Draws Closer As the year draws to a close, things always heat up in Congress. With only twelve legislative days scheduled between Thanksgiving and the end of the calendar year, Congress’ to-do list has not gotten any shorter. Tax reform and …

Political Report: 11/13/2017

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Agreement Reached, but Overall Spending Levels Remain Uncertain Last week, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees released their agreement on the FY 2018 NDAA. This legislation will pass the House this week and should be signed into law before …

Political Report: 11/06/2017

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Tax Reform Moves Forward While NDAA Negotiations Continue Tax reform will be the dominant story this week as Republicans in both the House and the Senate look to continue their work on planned tax reform. In the House, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady …

Political Report: 10/30/2017

By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis Main Story: Tax Reform and Mueller Dominate the News but Negotiations Are Underway on the FY 2018 NDAA There’s a lot going on in Washington right now but very little of it is directly related to our normal focus of the defense budget and appropriations process. On …