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What You Need to Know About Senate’s Budget-Tax Resolution and Complex Year-End Spending Negotiations

UPDATED OCT. 20: Senate passed a budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 25) late October 19 on a party-line 51-49 vote (except for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) voting no)....Adoption of a concurrent resolution on the budget for FY 2018 by the House and Senate is an essential step to launch the filibuster-proof Budget Reconciliation process to advance a Republican-only tax bill ....Tax cuts that are not paid for will have to expire at the end of 10 years due to the Senate’s Byrd Rule....The $1.5 trillion cost in the first 10 years will trigger automatic cuts in entitlement programs under the PAYGO statute....

Complex end-of-year negotiations could address Spending Caps, CSR payments, DACA/border security, CHIP, Health Centers, Disaster Aid, Debt Ceiling...

President Trump last week announced his intention to terminate ACA cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurance companies. The payments were enacted to reduce patient deductibles and copays for low-income enrollees (100-250% of the poverty level)...

Disaster aid advances ...

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2017 Congressional Calendar

(Note: House is in recess numerous Mondays and Fridays; check majorityleader.gov)

  • Jan 3: Congress convenes
  • Jan 16: MLK, HSE recess thru 1/19
  • Jan 20: Inauguration
  • Jan 26-27: HSE recess
  • Feb 9-10: HSE recess
  • Feb 20-24: Pres Day recess
  • Apr 10-21: Easter/Passover recess
  • May 5-15: HSE recess
  • May 29-Jun 2: Mem Day recess
  • Jul 3-7: July 4 recess
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  • Sept 21-22: Rosh Hashanah recess
  • Col. Day: Oct 9; SEN thru 10/13
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  • Nov 10: Vets Day recess
  • Nov 20-24: Thanksgiving recess
  • Dec. 14/15: Target Adjournment