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Podcast: Defense, Domestic Budget Increases Crucial for Long-Term Spending Deal
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 41

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CQ appropriations reporters Kellie Mejdrich and Jennifer Shutt discuss the two-week spending bill that averted a government shutdown and look at how lawmakers may keep the government funded beyond Dec. 22.

Podcast: GOP’s Band-Aid Deal to Avert a Shutdown
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 40

Frelinghuysen wants a deal on fiscal 2018 spending caps before Dec. 22. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

CQ budget reporter Jennifer Shutt explains the continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 22 and a temporary funding fix for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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Ep. 9: Why Trump’s Budget Could Spark Political Paralysis

Despite the Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, there is no GOP consensus, says CQ Roll Call’s Budget tracker editor David Lerman. That was underscored with some Republicans’ visceral objections to President Trump’s budget requests that could set off a crisis in funding the government, adds Lerman.

Ep. 32: Trump Request Complicates Government Funding
The Big Story

Lawmakers have until Dec. 9 to pass a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running until President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in. But Trump has asked that the temporary spending bill be extended to March 31, a delay that would keep government funding at current levels. That would, among other things, constrain the Pentagon, explain CQ Roll Call's Budget and Economics Editor Jane Norman and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim. Listen to find out more.

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Senate Democrats Block Move to Proceed to Defense Spending Bill
Don't trust GOP to follow through with rest of appropriations process

Democrats like Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski are wary of moving forward on the defense bill because they don’t trust their counterparts to follow through with the rest of the appropriations process. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

For the second time in a week, Senate Democrats united to block the chamber’s consideration of the annual Pentagon spending bill, pushing off until at least September consideration of the massive measure.  

The vote was 55-42 on a motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill (S 3000) — a procedural vote to advance the measure that fell short of the 60 votes required for adoption.  

Past Appropriations to Loom Large in Future Defense Measure
Senate appropriators seek twice as much in cuts as House counterparts

Some of the programs that stand to lose already appropriated money are major weapons initiatives for rockets, ships and warplanes. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Whenever lawmakers negotiate a final Defense spending bill for the coming fiscal year, one of the primary bones of contention will be money enacted in prior fiscal years.

Senate appropriators, in their fiscal 2017 measure (S 3000), would cut more than $4 billion in what they deem as excess funds leftover from prior spending laws, roughly twice the amount found by their House counterparts in their measure (HR 5293). Some of the programs that stand to lose already appropriated money are major weapons initiatives for rockets, ships and warplanes. And the gap between the Senate and House approaches on some individual programs runs into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

House Rejects Call for New War Powers Resolution to Fight ISIS
Lawmakers adopt amendments to prevent transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees

( Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

The House on Thursday rejected two amendments to a defense spending measure that would have effectively called on Congress to pass a new war powers resolution.   

The votes show that Congress is no rush to approve a new Authorization for Use of Military Force, despite a longstanding debate about whether Congress should rewrite the 15-year-old war authorization approved after the 9/11 attacks.