Congress has been unable thus far to pass any of the 12 spending bills to stave off a government shutdown Sept. 30 and lawmakers are preparing to punt yet again, CQ Roll Call’s appropriations reporter Ryan McCrimmon tells our host Adriel Bettelheim. Andrew Siddons zeroes in on the obstacles lawmakers face coming up with a plan to fight the prescription painkiller epidemic across the country. Jacob Fischler explains how a plan to make air traffic control a quasi-governmental outfit did not make it into legislation to extend FAA operations. He also lists the air carriers poised to fly to Cuba.
Labrador: “I will only vote for a CR that stretches into next year" @CQnow— Ryan McCrimmon (@RyanMcCrimmon) July 7, 2016
After withholding support for the opioid bill over funding, @FrankPallone announces he'll back it. Likely that other Dems will agree @CQnow — Andrew Siddons (@asiddons) July 8, 2016
70 minutes into conference meeting on opioid legislation, finally done with opening statements and moving to 16 amendments...@CQnow — Andrew Siddons (@asiddons) July 6, 2016
.@RepPeterDeFazio remarkably nonplussed about the FAA extension. I asked if he'd vote for it. "Yeah, I guess so. I'm not excited about it."— Jacob Fischler (@fischlerCQ) July 6, 2016
Agreement reached on FAA bill. Keeps current funding levels in place through Sept. 2017. Provisions on drone usage, @TSA operations. — Jacob Fischler (@fischlerCQ) July 6, 2016
More @SenJohnThune on FAA deal: bipartisan bill. Increases TSA canines, expands Precheck program, works to "modernize security system."— Jacob Fischler (@fischlerCQ) July 6, 2016