Capitolworks: Just the Facts...Even with the passage of the recent omnibus budget bill, somehow it’s
Following months of debate, continuing resolutions, and a last-minute veto threat, Congress finally passed an omnibus appropriation bill last Friday. The 2,232 page, $1.3 trillion spending bill covers each of the government's major areas of discretionary spending, from the military to healthcare. President Trump signed the behemoth bill and narrowly avoided 2018’s third federal government shutdown. So, that’s it, right? Well, not exactly. The bill that just became law was the
Capitolworks: Just the Facts...6 Billion Towards the Opioid Crisis, What Will Congress Do?
Last week was a busy week for the federal government as both Congress and the Administration once again contemplated the opioid crisis. We heard President Trump make a statement about an opioid package with details released potentially later this week. In Congress, the House will be marking up 25 new opioid bills, and in the Senate, a newer version of the CARA bill, first passed in 2016, is being developed among other bills. With many efforts underway simultaneously, the ques
Capitolworks: Just the Facts...DACA and the Balance of Power
Immigration reform is a never abating issue facing our federal and state governments. The terms themselves, “immigration reform," trigger various connotations within every individual let alone political parties and interest groups. And while immigration policies surface within each new Congress and Administration, this week our attention was brought to this issue because of a date that was intended to have meaning but was left void. Monday, March 5th was to mark the end of an