The Assembly Agenda – October 15, 2013

Last time we brought you the Assembly Agenda the U.S. government was on the verge of a shutdown with no solution to keep the government funded in sight between the White House, Senate Democrats and House Republicans. Today is day 14 of the shutdown and, as of this morning, we are no better off now than two weeks ago. 

The latest talk on Capitol Hill is that House leaders have agreed to drop certain ObamaCare provisions in a proposal that would reopen the government though January 15 and lift the debt-ceiling through February 7.

Should a stop-gap spending deal be approved, for Armenia, it will mean that the spending for FY14 will continue at FY13 levels until a larger budget deal is reached. This would translate into a higher allocation for Armenia and Artsakh. When a FY2014 budget agreement is finalized, overall foreign aid is expected to be lower than last year, as President Obama and Congress have called for across the board reductions in U.S. foreign aid.

While the U.S. government is partially shutdown, a debt default looms and budget negotiations take shape the Armenian Assembly will continue working with Congressional leaders to ensure the best possible outcome for Armenia and Artsakh.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

WEDNESDAY, October 16 – The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies will host a discussion entitled “Comparing and Contrasting the Protest Movements of Brazil, Egypt and Turkey." 

POSTPONED – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing entitled "A Pivotal Moment for the Eastern Partnership: Outlook for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia and Azerbaijan” has been postponed until further notice. 

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