Congress

Fiscal issues to dominate lawmakers’ Fall agenda as they return to Capitol Hill

Congress returns to face a crowded agenda dominated by fiscal issues beginning with government funding and borrowing authority and ending with proposals to rewrite the tax code.

Campaign rarity: No open Senate seats (yet) in 2018 election

Senators are either staying put or putting off a retirement decision. The result could be the fewest voluntary departures in more than seven decades.

Border wall money may be this year’s leading fiscal ‘showstopper’

The crises that have dominated Washington’s recent budget battles increasingly have hung on one showstopper issue, be it the Affordable Care Act, or Planned Parenthood, or immigration.

BGOV cheat sheet: Senate tie-breaking

Tie votes don’t happen often in the U.S. Senate. When they do, it’s up to the vice president — who also serves as president of the Senate — to break the tie.

A look at the future of FAA policy

The Federal Aviation Administration’s authorization expires on Sept. 30 and an existential debate is raging about the future of air traffic control.

BGOV closer look: Revised draft Senate health-care amendment

Major portions of the Affordable Care Act would be overhauled under the July 13 draft Senate amendment to H.R. 1628, which also would cap federal funding for Medicaid.

HASC’s NDAA would require Amazon-like online marketplaces

Government buying of commercial products may become more like shopping on Amazon.com than the traditional procurement process, if the House Armed Services Committee has its way.

Russia, Syria, the Arctic: Defense bill amendments to watch

Lawmakers will have dozens of opportunities to make their mark on military policy as the House takes up the massive fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill.

House GOP’s $1.6 billion border wall plan sets up fight

House Republicans unveiled a spending bill that includes funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, setting up a clash with Democrats that risks a government shutdown later this year.

Revised health-care plan to be unveiled this week in Senate

Senate Republican leaders plan to unveil a revised version of their health-care bill later this week after making little progress on winning over party holdouts.