Advocacy Update

Advocacy Update ~ May 21, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate. The following advocacy update was written May 21. A few additional highlights: 1.) The rescission package has stalled in the House. There do not seem to be enough votes to pass the legislation in its current form. The…

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Advocacy Update ~ May 7, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate. White House to Send Rescission Proposal to Capitol Hill The White House is expected to send a “special message” to Capitol Hill today with its “first round” of proposed rescissions. This first package is expected to rescind, or…

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Advocacy Update ~ April 23, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Policy & Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate. Changes Announced at USAID In early April, USAID unveiled a proposed reorganization of the agency designed to support Administrator Mark Green’s mission to end the need for foreign assistance. The plan is the latest step in the “redesign,” now…

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Advocacy Update ~ April 9, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Policy & Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate. The past two weeks were relatively quiet on Capitol Hill as Congress was in recess. Below are items that we are tracking: Possible Rescission package President Trump and Republicans are in discussions to force a vote on a package…

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Advocacy Update ~ March 26, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Policy & Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate. FY18 Omnibus Bill Passes Six months into the fiscal year (FY), and five Continuing Resolutions and two government shutdowns later, we finally have a spending bill for FY 2018. With hours to spare before another potential shutdown, President Trump…

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Advocacy Update ~ March 12, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Policy & Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate.   Are we Nearing a Vote on a Final Bill for FY18? As we get closer to March 23, when the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires, it seems that Congress is close to voting on a final spending package for…

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Advocacy Update ~ February 26, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate. FY18 Appropriations Update Since Congress passed a budget deal raising spending caps, it has been a waiting game for the top line allocations, knowns as 302(b), for each spending bill. Of particular concern in the budget deal is a cut…

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Advocacy Update ~ February 12, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate. 6 More Weeks of FY18 Appropriations Discussions On Friday morning, President Trump signed into law a budget deal that includes a six-week stopgap spending bill, the fifth Continuing Resolution (CR) for this fiscal year (FY). This CR will keep the…

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Advocacy Update ~ January 29, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, and Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate. Deal or No Deal? FY18 Budget Update Congress was unable to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) by the midnight deadline on January 19, leading to a “mini-shutdown” of the federal government. Although a compromise was reached a few days later…

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Advocacy Update ~ January 15, 2018

This post was written by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager. It’s a New Year but Still No Budget Deal Congress returned to Capitol Hill at the start of the year to take up where they had left off: how to raise spending caps for defense and nondefense discretionary spending. Raising the spending caps is needed to…

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