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Federal Budget & Economic Forecast (p.2)

To give you some perspective, since 1966 the U.S. has maintained an annual deficit, where federal spending surpassed federal income, in all but 5 years (1969, 1998-2001). Over this 50-year period the U.S. deficit has averaged 2.8 percent of U.S Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to the World Bank estimated 2014 GDP for the U.S….


Federal Budget & Economic Forecast (p.1)

As in each year preceding, on February 9, President Obama released his annual budget for the U.S. that tops $4 trillion.  The budget outlines the current Administration’s policy proposals, budgetary projections, and economic forecasts for the next decade. This will be the last annual budget report for his administration. The Obama Administration can be commended…


Omnibus Package to White House

The FY 2016 omnibus spending package H.R. 2029, now heads to the White House after the 65-33 Senate and 316-113 House votes. The $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill funds federal government agencies for the remaining ten months of FY 2016 ending September 30, 2016. The bill includes funding for all 12 annual appropriations bills and…


FY 2016 NDAA Heads To POTUS For Likely Signature

Last week the U.S. Senate passed the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by an overwhelming margin, 91-3. The NDAA was amended into an unrelated Senate-passed bill, S 1356, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014. Since the Senate had adopted S. 1356 previously on May 14, only one, simple majority vote…


FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Set for Final Passage

Procedural action in the House and Senate on November 3 has cleared the path for final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  On October 22, the President vetoed the previously adopted NDAA, H.R. 1735 stating, “While there are provisions in this bill that I support, including the codification of key interrogation-related reforms from…


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…


Government Management by Continuing Resolution

In the last 38 years, there have only been 4 years where there wasn’t a Continuing Resolution at the end of the Fiscal Year. That means 90% of the time, we have an extension to the budget. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS) since 1977 there have only been four years in which Congress…


Follow the Leader…

As disclosure for this blog post: I have known, supported and learned a lot from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) since the late 1980’s. He is emphatically one of the most astute and cunning politicians of the modern era.  He’s been re-elected five times in Kentucky, a Commonwealth where the number of registered…


This is How You Do It

Our hats are off to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), US Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL), US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) and EPW Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (D-CA) for their leadership and bipartisan work on the much-needed long term (6-year) extension of the Surface…


2014: The Year in Review

2014 was a year of changes and we wanted to remind you of just a few of the highlights of the year that was 2014. Cuba: Normalizing Relations The Administration announced that it would begin normalizing trade relations with Cuba. This will have a huge impact on American businesses, especially a boost to U.S. agriculture….


Wyoming’s Senator Mike Enzi Likely To Head Budget Committee

It is widely believed by many in Washington that U.S Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) will exercise his seniority over current ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and take the gavel of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee in the upcoming 114th Congress. The chairman of the US Senate Budget Committee will have an important role in the…


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…


CRomnibus Spending Plan P3

The CRomnibus, HR 83, cuts the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by $60 million below the fiscal year 2014 level, providing a total of $8.1 billion for the agency. Environmental Protection Agency Overall, EPA funding has been reduced by $2.2 billion – or 21% – since 2010.  The bill continues reductions to EPA staff, bringing staffing…

The CRomnibus, HR 83, cuts the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by $60 million below the fiscal year 2014 level, providing a total of $8.1 billion for the agency. Environmental Protection Agency Overall, EPA funding has been reduced by $2.2 billion – or 21% – since 2010.  The bill continues reductions to EPA staff, bringing staffing…


CRomnibus Spending Plan p2

The CRomnibus totals $1.1 trillion and establishes spending levels for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year for all federal government agencies except the Department of Homeland Security. USDA The total for the Department of Agriculture is $20.6 billion in discretionary funding through Sept. 30, 2015. This is $305 million below the previous fiscal year….


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