House leaders are hoping to end the threat of a government shutdown by holding a vote later today on another short-term spending bill to fund the government through Feb. 16. There is opposition to the bill from both conservative Republicans who are increasingly frustrated about the lack of long-term funding for the military, and Democrats… Read more »

Every day, associations implement programs and impact policies that strengthen America’s safety and security – on roadways, waterways, jobsites, the Internet, homes, hospitals, and everywhere in-between. We are collecting stories of the vast and varied ways trades and professional societies large and small improve the systems and structures that protect us and the world. Your… Read more »

Republican leaders may skip trying to pass a budget this year, according to POLITICO, which would effectively kill any possibility of repealing Obamacare or revamping entitlement programs this year. Foregoing a budget this year would limit with GOP leaders could pass because it would preclude them from using the reconciliation tool that allowed them to… Read more »

Congressional Republicans are working to combine a number of tax provisions into one tax extenders bill that Congress could take up later this year. To date, Republicans on different sides of the Capitol have focused on different priorities, with Senate Finance Republicans seeking to extend several expired tax provisions that won’t be available for 2017… Read more »

There were tentative overtures from President Trump this week on a bipartisan deal to protect young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation, though those negotiations are complicated by resistance from more liberal Democrats as well as Republican immigration hard-liners. Trump convened a session with congressional leaders at the White House Tuesday and outlined the… Read more »