On The Money: Lawmakers get deal to avoid shutdown | House panel approves 'tax cuts 2.0' bill | Jobless claims hold steady near 49-year low

On The Money: Lawmakers get deal to avoid shutdown | House panel approves 'tax cuts 2.0' bill | Jobless claims hold steady near 49-year low
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THE BIG DEAL -- Negotiators to avoid shutdown:

The House and Senate on Thursday reached a deal to prevent a shutdown by passing a large package of spending bills this month along with a continuing resolution that would fun the rest of the government through December 7.

The package would keep the government funded past Oct. 1, the deadline for Congress to act.

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House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenTrump endorses Republican candidate in key NJ House race On The Money: Lawmakers get deal to avoid shutdown | House panel approves 'tax cuts 2.0' bill | Jobless claims hold steady near 49-year low Congress sends first spending package to Trump in push to avert shutdown MORE (R-N.J.) on Thursday said that the two bodies had completed work on the Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services and Education bills, which represent a lion's share of annual appropriations.

The combined $786 billion in the two bills represents 65 percent of the annual appropriations allocated for 2019.

 

The game-changer: Including the continuing resolution (CR) in the package would make it difficult for President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE to make good on threats to shut down the government over border wall funding.

The wall's funding is part of the Department of Homeland Security bill, which is included in the CR, meaning Trump would also have to veto the defense bill if he wanted to make good on his threat.

The White House did not say if Trump was still considering a veto for the bill.

 

Also today, Congress sends first spending package to Trump in push to avert shutdown: Over in the House, lawmakers passed a $147 billion "minibus" spending package Thursday and sent it to President Trump for a signature, taking initial steps to avert another possible government shutdown.

The legislation, which makes up approximately 12 percent of overall 2019 spending, was passed by a bipartisan vote of 377-20. The Senate overwhelmingly passed an identical bill Wednesday evening, and the White House has indicated that Trump will sign the measure

The package passed Thursday includes bills for military construction and veterans' affairs, the legislative branch and energy and water.

The Hill's Niv Elis updates us here.

 

Highlights:

  • The three-bill package that passed the House on Thursday included $98 billion for military construction and veterans affairs -- a $5.3 billion increase from the previous year. 
  • The bill also funds a backlog of maintenance costs for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and clinics, as well as mental health care and suicide prevention, but did not specifically fund the VA Choice medical program, which will move from the automatic part of the budget to the discretionary side starting in May.
  • The $44.6 billion energy and water bill, a $1.4 billion increase over last year, includes funding for modernizing nuclear weapons complexes, revitalizing waterways and researching renewable energy. The measure did not fund a project to store nuclear waste in Nevada's Yucca Mountains, a controversial rider that had been included in the House version of the bill.

 

LEADING THE DAY

'Tax cuts 2.0' bill passes House committee: The House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday advanced legislation to cement the individual tax changes in President Trump's tax law as House Republicans seek to shine a light on their biggest recent legislative accomplishment ahead of the midterm elections.

The bill, part of a package Republicans are calling "Tax Reform 2.0," passed the committee on a party-line vote of 21-15 after hours of debate between Democrats and Republicans over the value of the measure and the 2017 tax law.

The bill is expected to get a vote on the House floor later this month but isn't expected to be taken up by the Senate, where it would need 60 votes to pass. The Hill's Naomi Jagoda tells us more here.

 

But at what price? A second round of GOP tax cuts would add $3.8 trillion to the federal deficit over the next two decades, according to a report released Thursday by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center Wednesday.

The proposed bill would reduce federal revenue by $631 billion from FY 2019-28 and an additional $3.15 trillion between FY 2029-38, according to the report.

The Joint Committee on Taxation also estimates $631 billion in revenue would be lost under the bill in the next decade, but has not made predictions past then.

And the Penn Wharton Budget Model projects that the cuts would force the government to lose $614 billion in revenue over the next 10 years, lose $3.83 billion in revenue by 2040, and slightly contract the economy by between 0.6 percent and 0.9 percent by 2040.

 

Jobless claims holding steady near 49-year low: First-time claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week, staying at a 49-year low for the second straight week.

The number of U.S. workers filing claims was 204,000 for the week ending Sept. 8, a drop of 1,000 from the previous week's level, the lowest level for initial claims since Dec. 6, 1969, when it was 202,000, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.

The four-week moving average, which provides a better sense of the direction of the labor market, decreased 2,000 to 208,000, also the lowest level since Dec. 6, 1969.

Jobless claims have held below 300,000, a sign of a healthy labor market, for more than three years.

 

GOOD TO KNOW

 

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