Today In Washington
January 9, 2018
Source: AEO Government Relations Team, Madison Services Group
Budget: Come On Over
Today, President Trump is scheduled to host a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders as negotiations continue toward a budget deal, ahead of the January 19 expiration of the current continuing appropriations resolution (CR). The discussion is expected to center on immigration. Democrats are pushing for a deal for nearly 800,000 “Dreamers” — children brought to the United States illegally as children — through an extension of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The White House has laid down a list of demands, including an end to the diversity visa lottery program, a physical border wall and an end to chain migration — where legal citizens can sponsor the immigration of family members — which Democrats see as a nonstarter. Democrats see a deal on immigration as a prerequisite for negotiating a deal to lift mandatory budget caps implemented through the “Budget Control Act of 2011.” The GOP is seeking higher defense spending, while Democrats demand that any increase in defense be matched by a corresponding funding boost to domestic programs. As a reminder, in the Senate, FY 2018 budget bills require nine Democrats to pass.
On Deck: The Farm Bill
Yesterday, the President and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual conference in Nashville. The speech coincided with the release of the USDA’s “Taskforce on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Report” — designed to guide Congress in their deliberations — laying out what the USDA would like to see in the legislation. The report’s recommendations include an expansion of rural broadband, increased access to capital through debt and equity financing, and the creation of an online Rural Prosperity Investment Portal to incentivize public-private partnerships.
As a primer, the Farm Bill is a five-year authorization of programs regulated through the USDA. These programs include Rural Development, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the regulation of commodities. The current Farm Bill — passed as the “Agriculture Act of 2014” following the collapse of the 2012 Farm Bill in the House — expires at the end of FY 2018.
July 17, 2018
Association For Enterprise Opportunity Launches The Tapestry Project To Advance Business Development Of Black-Owned Firms
AEO has opened the application cycle for The Tapestry Project, an initiative dedicated to advancing Black business development.
July 12, 2018
Today in Washington
House & Senate to Reconcile Differences in “Minibus” – The Senate voted yesterday to go to conference on the Energy and Water Development, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction & Veterans Affairs appropriations “minibus” (H.R. 5895)
July 11, 2018
Today in Washington
NDAA Watch – Last night, the Senate voted 91-8 to go to conference on the NDAA. Conferees for the FY19 defense authorization bill will formally meet today for the passing of the gavel.
June 29, 2018
ACTION ALERT: July Recess Packet
On Friday, June 29, Congress will adjourn for a week-long Fourth of July recess. Your legislators will be back home in their districts and states to meet with constituents like you, and share updates on their efforts in Washington, D.C.