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USDA, APHIS, budgetThe CRomnibus totals $1.1 trillion and establishes spending levels for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year for all federal government agencies except the Department of Homeland Security.

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The total for the Department of Agriculture is $20.6 billion in discretionary funding through Sept. 30, 2015. This is $305 million below the previous fiscal year.  It provides…

Cromnibus Spending Plan Signed Into Law

Washington Lobbyist firm at CapitolPresident Obama has signed into law the fiscal 2015 hybrid spending plan, HR 83.  HR 83 is dubbed “CRomnibus” because it contains a combination of a continuing (spending) resolution only for the Department of Homeland Security through February 27, 2015 and an omnibus spending plan for the remaining government agencies through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2015. HR 83 passed the US House 219-206.  67 conservative republicans joined 139 Democrats to unsuccessfully oppose the spending measure.  In the U.S. Senate 18 republicans joined 12 democrats to oppose the CRomnibus. These votes in both legislative chambers will be useful in forecasting votes in the upcoming 114th Congress.  Other important issues in/out of the CRomnibus include:…

16 Days Away: Highway Trust Fund Insolvency

Dollar symbol on endless road16 Legislative Days Away From Highway Trust Fund Insolvency

Congress is 16 days away from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) becoming insolvent and lawmakers in Washington are scrambling for a solution. It is baffling that Congress finds itself in this situation especially since Congress has been reauthorizing the HTF since it was created in 1956 to provide a dedicated source of federal funding for highways and transit programs for states and local communities across the U.S.…

House Adopts FY 2015 Budget Resolution

U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)

U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)

By a vote of 219-205, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) spending proposal (H Con Res 96) achieving a balanced budget by fiscal 2024. Twelve Republicans voted with Democrats against the budget plan. Click here for the roll call vote.

The House adopted the FY 2015 budget resolution despite previous enactment of discretionary budget caps totaling $1.014 trillion that were agreed to under the budget agreement (PL 113-67) struck by Senate and House Budget Committee Chairs, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) in December of last year.…

Congress Approves Increase for Cansler Consulting Clients

The California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association

The California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association

40% Increase for Federal Programs Important to Cansler Consulting Client

Cansler Consulting often advises current & potential clients that advocating for important federal programs and legislation is like running a marathon instead of a sprint.  Our client, California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA)understands this and so it is especially gratifying that after employing our strategies over the past few years toward the re-authorization of the Farm Bill, this week Congress adopted, and the President will soon sign into law H.R. 2642.  According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) enactment of the law will increase federal spending by $193 million over ten years for important biological programs for agriculture that our client implements, an increase of 40%.  The current budget of $50 million annually will increase to $62.5 million in each FY 2014-16. In 2017, the total goes up to $75 million annually, and continues thereafter.

Members of CACASA are cooperators who share in the responsibility of implementing biological programs that protect agriculture and the environment with the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). With bipartisan support in the 2014 Farm Bill, Congress significantly invested in those vital biological programs. We congratulate Congress for recognizing the importance of biological programs for agriculture.

The Nat’l Debt Limit Debate is Upon Us… Again!

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob “Jack” Lew

Will It Impact Legislative Agenda ?

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sent a letter  to Congress on January 22 strongly urging Congress to again increase the U.S. borrowing authority “before February 7 to ensure orderly financing of the government.” Lew warned Congress in an earlier letter on December 19 estimating that the U.S. debt limit would be reached by late February or early March.  The most recent calculations and information available have led Treasury to “believe that it is more likely to exhaust those measures in late February.”

The nations debt is currently $17.34 trillion.…

Budget Negotiators Lower Hurdles

U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)

U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)

As anticipated by many Washington insiders the House and Senate Budget Conference Committee leaders are narrowing the scope of their budget negotiations.  While no deal has been reached yet, plans are shifting to: 1. provide some relief from the pending $20 billion discretionary budget sequestration set to take effect in mid-January 2014, and 2. Provide top-line budget numbers for discretionary spending for both the current fiscal year (2014) and 2015.…

Fiscal Entanglements Begin

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meets today for a second day of deliberations on the forecast for the U.S. economy.  The main focus today will be the likely announcement that the Fed will begin tapering its stimulus efforts by reducing the amount of bonds being purchased monthly from $85 billion to $75 billion.  Even with this slight adjustment the Fed will continue their stimulus going into the U.S. economy and interest rates should hold at their current low levels for some time in the future.

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Janet Yellen, Ph.D., Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

With Larry Summers out of the picture to succeed outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen immediately became the front-runner.   Yellen’s supporters are now emboldened more than ever to continue pushing her candidacy even amidst the evident strained relationship between the White House and Senate Democrats that emanated from the Summers candidacy.  The strained relationship between the White House and Senate Democrats will not bold well for them in the fiscal battles ahead.…

Long-Term Reauthorizations a Thing of the Past?

Impasses & delays for Farm Bill and Budgets

Impasses & delays for Farm Bill and Budgets

For legislative advocates and Washington policy wonks engaged in the debates on long term reauthorizing legislation like the Highway Bill, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Farm Bill you have to be wondering about the future of long-term legislative reauthorizations given the current environment in Congress.…

Proactive Lobbying

Good lobbyists foresee obstacles and opportunities

Good lobbyists foresee obstacles and opportunities

A good lobbyist not only advocates a client’s position on issues to legislators, but forecasts upcoming obstacles and opportunities. For years now, we have been proactively advising clients of the nation’s precipitous financial issues on our Cansler Consulting blog. Our ability to assess trends in policy can help steer your organization  through the mine fields of policy changes and program cuts our nation is facing now and in the future.…

Grim Budget Outlook for 2014-2023

On February 5, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its Budget and Economic Outlook that projected an $845 billion deficit for fiscal year 2013.

Highlights of CBO’s findings include:

  • Projects an $845 billion deficit for fiscal year 2013.
  • In 2023, the federal government will collect twice as much revenue as it did in 2012. Even with increased revenues, the deficit will hit $978 billion.…

Delayed Decisions Invite Constraints On Congress’ Legislative Agenda

Since the 113th Congress gaveled in on January 3, the US House has met eight days for legislative business and cast 30 roll call votes.  The US Senate met for eleven days and cast an equal number of roll call votes.  While numerous votes occurred they were cast on two main issues:  supplemental spending for victims of Hurricane Sandy and suspending the U.S.’ current $14.294 trillion public debt limit through May 18, 2013.  Included in the debt increase legislation was a provision that withholds the salary of Members of Congress until a budget is adopted for FY 2014.

Congress’ New Year’s Day vote did avoid sending the U.S. over the proverbial “fiscal cliff” extending the Bush-era tax rates for most Americans, as well as long-term unemployment benefits, among other things.  But, Congress deferred for two months the $1.2 trillion in spending cuts (known as “sequestration”) of which half is directed to come from cuts to the Pentagon and the remainder from across the board spending on all domestic programs.…

U.S. Manufacturers May Pick Up Tab For FSMA

Recent OMB Report & Other Factors Indicate U.S. Food Manufacturers May Pick up Tab For FSMA

In February of this year Cansler Consulting foretold of the fiscal challenges ahead at the Food and Drug Administration (click here to read article) in implementing the nation’s new food safety law, The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Late last week the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a congressionally-mandated report outlining potential impacts of budget sequestration on defense and non-defense discretionary programs verifying our analysis.  The 400-page document showcases the impacts that budget cuts would have on all areas of government, including the safety of our nation’s food supply that is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture.

Dept of Ag to Cut nearly $3 Billion Next Year

According to the OMB report the Department of Agriculture would be required to cut a total $2.996 billion in the remaining eight months of FY 2013 (January to September 2013).  This includes $86 million from the Food Safety Inspection Service that is responsible for the safety of the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products.…

CBO: Current Law Will Lead U.S. Into a Recession in 2013

Congressional Budget Office: Continuing Under Current Law Will Lead U.S. Economy Into a Recession in 2013

On August 22, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its update to the ten year U.S. Budget and Economic Outlook. The report highlights how high the stakes will be for federal lawmakers who will face hard choices in the six-week lame duck session of Congress following the November elections.

Under current law

  • on December 31, 2012 the Bush-era tax cuts and the payroll tax holiday are set to expire.…

The Impact of Federal Budget Sequestration

Budget SequestrationThe definition of “sequestration” has been adapted by Congress in more recent years to describe a new fiscal policy procedure. If Congress cannot agree on ways to cut back the total (or does not pass a new, higher Budget Resolution), then an “automatic” form of spending cutback takes place. This automatic spending cut is what is called “sequestration.”1

Sequestration of today’s Federal budget could affect nearly every major industry. There ARE going to be cuts in all Federal agencies and budgets, from Transportation to Energy to Healthcare almost every aspect of industry & trade in general.…

  1. Paul M. Johnson, Department of Political Science, Auburn University  http://www.auburn.edu/~johnspm/gloss/sequestration []
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