Congress Returns to Capitol Hill

Members of Congress return to Capitol Hill today after a two-week recess. Prior to heading home, the House of Representatives passed a deeming resolution setting the topline discretionary spending amount at $1.3 trillion and allowing work on the appropriations bills to begin.

House appropriators will begin marking up appropriations bills this week, with the Labor, Health and Human Services (Labor-H) appropriations scheduled for tomorrow afternoon (April 30) in the subcommittee. Although it has not been officially announced, the full committee is expected to review the Labor-H bill on May 8.  At that time, final 302(b) allocations – the suballocations for individual spending bills – are expected to be approved.

Chairman Engel and Ranking Member McCaul Raise Concerns over Proposed Cuts in Aid to Northern Triangle

In response to President Trump’s announced cut to all assistance funding to the Northern Triangle, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Ranking Member, Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), pushed back on the administration’s proposal. In a letter to the State Department, Representatives Engel and McCaul urge that cutting assistance to the Northern Triangle, which is comprised of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, would only exacerbate economic insecurity and political instability while increasing migration to the United States.

Read the joint letter here.

InterAction joint statement.

This post was written by 
Danielle Heiberg, Senior Manager, Policy & Advocacy, and Victoria Rodriguez, Advocacy Associate.

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