Having passed a gigantic omnibus spending bill only a few weeks ago, it is a little hard to jump-start a conversation about what to expect in CY 2016, but such are the ways of Washington these days. This in no way is meant to trivialize the accomplishment of passing the omnibus. After all, there were a number of very positive provisions in the omnibus, not the least of those being the expansion of Moving to Work (MtW), but the fact remains that the FY 2016 spending blueprint expected on October 1 was only released, approved and signed by the President before Congress left for the holidays.
Happy New Year and welcome to the second session of the 114th Congress! The House returned this week and quickly approved the controversial budget reconciliation plan that repeals the Affordable Care Act and defunds Planned Parenthood. The President quickly vetoed it this morning. The Senate returns to Washington next week the holiday recess.