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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of December 6, 2021

The End of Year Push Continues Last week, Congress passed and President Biden signed into law a stopgap measure to fund the Federal Government and avoid a government shutdown through mid-February. The measure funds the government at current levels while new funding legislation is negotiated and finalized, buying Congress more time to finalize that legislation. […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 29, 2021

Congress Returns Today to Finish a Busy 2021 The Federal Government faces the threat of another government shutdown this Friday, December 3, when funding will run out. To avert a shutdown, lawmakers will need to pass another temporary stopgap spending measure or a full funding bill. House Appropriations Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) wants to pass another temporary measure […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 22, 2021

THE HOUSE The House is out this week for Thanksgiving apart from a pro forma session on Tuesday. Last Friday, after receiving the cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the House passed the Build Back Better Act. The Act’s social infrastructure and tax-and-spend measures include: Four weeks of paid family leave Universal preschool […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: November 15, 2021

THE HOUSE This week, the House will likely consider the tax-and-spend reconciliation bill currently undergoing a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost analysis. Moderate Democrats have withheld their support for the bill until they see a CBO report that aligns with previous White House cost estimates. Progressives insist they will vote on the bill regardless of […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: November 8, 2021

Infrastructure Week is Finally Here Late last Friday, the House passed the $550 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill – the final step needed to send the measure to President Biden’s desk for his signature. The long-awaited vote came after months of delays and political balking between House Progressives and Senate Moderates over the scope of the […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: November 1, 2021

THE ADMINISTRATION President Biden’s domestic agenda – housed in both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the partisan reconciliation deal – is the closest it has ever been to passing, with votes on both measures expected to occur this week. If they pass, it will give President Biden the credibility boost he needs as he continues […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: October 25, 2021

THE ADMINISTRATION Over the weekend, President Biden met with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) at his Delaware home to break the gridlock on his multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation bill. While no official deal has been announced, it is likely that key climate and family care provisions will be pared back or […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: October 18, 2021

THE ADMINISTRATION Although Congress temporarily extended the debt limit through December 3, 2021, some experts believe the actual deadline will be much later. Flexible spending and collection from coronavirus relief, tax revenues, and a potential boost to the Highway Trust Fund through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan (should it pass) will impact when Congress passes the […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: October 11, 2021

THE ADMINISTRATION President Biden faces compounding challenges with the embattled infrastructure deal, the ongoing pandemic, and record-low approval numbers – all of which threaten Democrats’ already slim majorities in Congress. The United States and the Taliban had their first formal meeting last weekend following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The two sides met in Doha, […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: October 4, 2021

Last Thursday – the end of the previous fiscal year – Congress staved off an impending government shutdown by passing a temporary stopgap measure to keep the government funded at current levels through December 3rd. In the interim, lawmakers will continue to negotiate various appropriations bills containing the President’s budget requests that failed to pass […]

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