Last week was a slow one for Congress with the focus being on how the Republican Caucus in the House plans to move forward with the federal budget. Last Thursday, House Republicans had a closed-door meeting on the subject, but appear no closer to coalescing around a plan.
House Budget Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) described his plans to keep spending levels set by last fall's deal with the White House, while promising to offset the extra $30 billion in spending in a legislative "sidecar." He did not offer details on how he would achieve this and the latest meeting raised doubts on if there will be a fiscal blueprint this year. Even with external doubts, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) reiterated that the House will pass a budget before April 15.
Super Tuesday occurred las week and both parties have apparent frontrunners for their Presidential nominations. For the Republicans that leader is Donald Trump, who won seven contests on Tuesday and took a commanding lead in the delegate count. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio marked victories, but much of the momentum is on Trump's side. For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton led the way, winning seven contests to Bernie Sanders' 4 and took a sizable delegate lead into the next round.
The House will be in recess this week, while the Senate will be in session.