Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Congress Passes Appropriations Bill, Eyes 2014 Agenda

Congress is in recess this week after finalizing the omnibus appropriations bill last week, effectively setting funding levels for all government programs for the year. The recess, coinciding with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is the first so-called “work week” when Members of Congress return to their districts.

Though Members of Congress are out of town, it doesn’t mean legislative planning is not in full-effect. With the appropriations bill passed, the next large items on the agenda will be attending to the debt ceiling, a date estimated to be in either late February or early March, and revising latest “doc-fix,” set to expire this March.

Meanwhile, AHCA and the rest of Washington, D.C. are still digging out after a snowstorm this week which closed federal offices Tuesday and a two-hour delay on Wednesday. AHCA, however, continues to monitor the legislative developments, snow or shine.

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