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Government Shutdown Avoided, $854B in Funding Approved

President Donald Trump has signed an $854-billion spending bill into law that will keep the government funded through December 7. Fiscal year-end funding expired September 30. The Senate appropriations package was ratified by the House last week, thus avoiding a government shutdown heading into November’s pivotal midterm elections.

The approved spending plan keeps 75% of all government operations fully-funded through September 30, 2019, and the remaining portion of government funding (including those involving the SEC and Treasury Dept.) is now set to expire December 7.

The actions are considered a significant achievement for Congress, which has been challenged to get past decisions over trade wars and court nominations. The package includes funding military and several civilian agencies, but doesn’t provide significant new funding for the President’s U.S.-Mexico border wall.


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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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