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Defense Procurement Continues Evolving

While President Obama decides on whether or not to veto the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), it remains certain that more changes in defense procurement practices are on the way. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees are focused on improving the structure and process of the military acquisition systems by providing business reforms…


Preliminary Rosters For US Senate Agriculture & Appropriations Committees

The U.S. Senate has announced the preliminary rosters for Committee assignments in the upcoming 114th Congress.  Below is the membership list for the Agriculture Committee and the Appropriations Committee.  The rosters for the U.S. House remain only partially complete.  The Senate committee chairmen will be officially named in January after the 114th Congress is sworn…


House Appropriation Posts

U.S. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) announced the full slate of House members who will chair appropriations subcommittees in the upcoming 114th Congress.  The winners of these coveted chairmanships are known as “Cardinals,” and among them are five new chairman. They are: Tom Cole (R-OK) Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and…


Administration to Re-Direct up to $473.4 Million in Unused Earmarks

Are Your State Transportation Funds Impacted? On August 17th, the Obama Administration announced that it would use up to $473.4 million in unused appropriation earmarks provided by previous Congresses spanning from 2003 to 2006 to pay for new transportation projects. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the Administration scoured the federal government to identify the…


Senate Action on Agriculture Appropriations

The US Senate invoked cloture by a vote of 82-16 on the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies FY 2012 Appropriations Bill. By invoking cloture the Senate limits debate on the bill for up to 30 hours and allows for debate on amendments.


Super Committee on Deficit Reduction Receives Proposals

Friday, October 14 was the deadline for recommendations to the 12-member Super Committee on Deficit Reduction on how to cut federal spending by up to $1.2 trillion.  With the Nov. 23 deadline for the super committee to unveil a proposal fast approaching, no one is certain how the 12-member Committee will go through the mounds…


Appropriations Minibus Will Include Agriculture and Another CR Through mid-December

The House and Senate are set to adopt three combined appropriations bills, dubbed “Minibus,” and send them to President Obama by the end of this week.  Under an agreement reached earlier between leaders of the House and Senate the appropriations bills include Agriculture; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; and Commerce, Justice, and Science The combined bills total just over $180…


Reducing Regulatory Burdens & Stimulating Jobs

The U.S. House continues to focus on numerous federal regulations deemed as “overburdensome” and that if ended, may stimulate the economy and create jobs. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has sent a letter to President Obama requesting a list of all proposed regulations that are estimated to have an economic impact exceeding $1…


Transportation Reauthorization

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee led by Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) wasted little time after Congress’ return from the August recess to adopt a short-term extension of the surface-transportation legislation, Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2005: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA; P.L….


2012 Appropriations Bills & Food Safety Fight May Be Brewing

On Wednesday of this week the U.S. House is scheduled to take up H.J. Resolution 79, making continuing appropriations for seven weeks into the new (FY 2012) fiscal year.  H.J. Res 79 funds most federal programs through November 18 at the FY 2011 level, minus a 1.4 percent reduction. This level of appropriations was established…


JSCDR First Meeting & “Recommendations”

Find Deficit Cuts! The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reductions (JSCDR) is charged with identifying $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts by November 23. Should the Committee not surface at least $1.2 trillion in cuts, automatic cuts will be triggered to domestic and defense program spending in 2013. The first meeting of the JSCDR showcased some…


Fiscal Year 2012 begins in less than 3 weeks!

The new FY 2012 begins on October 1. Yes, that is less than 3 weeks away. Currently, the U.S. House of Representatives has adopted half of the 12 annual appropriations bill including Homeland Security, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Defense, Energy & Water and Legislative Branch.  Three Committees have voted to send their bills…


A Farm Policy Battle Continues This Week, But The War is Far From Over!

A Farm Policy Battle continues to wage in the U.S. House of Representatives this week showcasing the escalating issue over how Congress must change current U.S. agricultural programs in the 2012 Farm Bill ruled as “trade distorting” by the World Trade Organization (WTO). “Do NOT Pay the $147 Million…” Passed By Voice Vote During the U.S….


The Farm Bill & Brazil’s Impact

Lawmakers must decide on how to change farm programs in the 2012 Farm Bill, otherwise Brazil is entitled to retaliatory measures, including cross-retaliation, imposing trade tariffs against up to $829 million in U.S. goods and $268 million in eligible cross-retaliatory countermeasures. If Brazil believes that the 2012 Farm Bill continues trade distorting policies, they can increase tariffs on a variety of U.S. products and commodities.


Congressman Rogers Chairman House Appropriations

Cansler Consulting congratulates fellow Kentuckian Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5th) on ascending to the Chairmanship of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee has broad responsibility over the Federal budget. As Chairman, Congressman Rogers will lead in the writing of spending legislation for all departments and agencies in the federal government and significantly influence domestic…

Cansler Consulting congratulates fellow Kentuckian Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5th) on ascending to the Chairmanship of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee has broad responsibility over the Federal budget. As Chairman, Congressman Rogers will lead in the writing of spending legislation for all departments and agencies in the federal government and significantly influence domestic…


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