While most members of the House and Senate spent this week back home on one of their monthly “constituent workweeks,” the White House and congressional leaders continued discussions of long-term issues. Principal among them were the difficult decisions that lie ahead in negotiating a final spending plan for this current fiscal year.
Before heading home, Congress passed another short-term extension to keep government running through April 8. President Obama signed that bill last week. The bill—the sixth stopgap spending measure of the fiscal year—trimmed discretionary spending levels by roughly another $6 billion.
SHRM’s recent Employment Law & Legislative Conference featured a thought-provoking panel (pictured above) on deficit reduction. It included Ron Brownstein of the National Journal; Steve Bell, senior director of the Economic Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center; and Joseph Minarik, senior vice president at the Committee for Economic Development and a member of the Domenici-Rivlin Debt Reduction Commission.
SHRM's Government Affairs Team is monitoring developments with the budget negotiations on Capitol Hill and will be reporting on the outcome of these talks, especially how they might impact HR, in subsequent issues of the HR Issues Update.