While the 115th Congress has a mixed record so far in terms of the legislative process, there are signs of hope for regular order in the appropriations process for the upcoming fiscal year.
It’s too early to determine whether FY2018 will see a jump in apprehensions, these new monthly figures suggest that Southwest border apprehensions will largely revert to numbers seen since 2012.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected in its June budget baseline that in Fiscal Year 2022 the federal deficit will once again exceed $1 trillion (4.5 percent of GDP). However, much has happened since that CBO estimate was made. Three hurricanes have battered the United States and its territories, congressional leaders on both sides have suggested increases in discretionary spending…
The bill provides a $2 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support important research.
Funding for programs designed to improve coverage and access to care for vulnerable populations are set to expire in 2017. This report recommends extending these programs and stresses the need for action early in the 115th Congress.