House- and Senate-the first order of business.

When they return after the Easter-Passover recess, the first order of business in the US Congress  is likely to be the reconciliation of differences between House- and Senate-passed Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolutions.

While both chambers have passed largely similar proposals, differences exists between both chambers over how deeply to cut domestic spending. In addition, Republican defense and deficit hawks continue to disagree over how much money to provide the Department of Defense.

The 2011 budget agreement and deficit reduction sequester established spending caps on defense funding, which many Republican defense hawks argue do not provide adequate defense spending, especially given the current perilous global security situation. Fiscal conservatives argue that any increase in spending for DOD should be offset. The military funding issue and the scope of domestic funding cuts are expected to consume much of the debate as House and Senate conference committee members work out a path toward a joint budget resolution, which must be enacted by both chambers in order to permit them to take up a reconciliation bill. A reconciliation bill can carry lots of unrelated provisions, but lurking in the background is the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in both chambers’ budgets, a provision that will prompt a veto of any likely reconciliation bill.


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Martin Milita

Martin Milita is a Senior Director at Duane Morris Government Strategies, LLC. Duane Morris Government Strategies (DMGS) supports the growth of organizations, companies, communities and economies through a suite of government and business consulting services. The firm offers a range of government relations and public affairs services, including lobbying, grant writing; development finance consulting, media relations management, grassroots campaigning and community outreach. Milita works at the firm’s Trenton and Newark New Jersey offices. Visit his blog at: Follow him on twitter: @MartinMilita1 BLOGROLL Martin Milita – Martin Milita :: Pinterest Martin Milita @ Twitter Martin Milita at Slideshare Martin Milita on Google+ Martin Milita Yola Site Martin Milita | Xing

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