House to Take Up Omnibus Next Week

With dozens of policy riders still in play, House leaders won’t likely bring a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill to the floor until next week. Though no one thinks there will be another government shutdown, lawmakers involved in the funding negotiations say there are a lot of sticking points on issues like funding for Planned… Read more »

Omnibus Bill Unlikely to Include DACA Fix

Senate Democrats are unlikely to insist that the impending omnibus budget deal include protections for some 800,000 so-called Dreamers who came to the U.S. as children and now face deportation. President Trump announced last fall that he would let the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program expire in March unless Congress acted to extend… Read more »

Congress Shapes Omnibus Spending Package

Congress cleared a budget deal earlier this month that sets new caps on how much the government can spend over the next two years, but must still pass an omnibus package next month with detailed spending levels for each federal program for the rest of fiscal 2018, which ends Sept. 30. Top-line funding levels for… Read more »

Congress Reaches Two-Year Budget Deal

Congressional leaders have reportedly agreed on a two-year deal to lift strict budget caps on defense and domestic spending, which would end the stopgap spending bills and shutdown threats that have made headlines the past few months. The budget agreement would boost defense spending this year by $80 billion and domestic spending by $63 billion…. Read more »

GOP Divided on Next Stopgap Funding Bill

Rank-and-file GOP lawmakers are reluctant to support another short-term spending bill, which Republican leaders say could fund the government for another month or possibly deeper into March. With negotiations having stalled on a longer-term bill that would raise budget caps for defense and domestic spending, GOP leaders say a fifth stopgap spending bill is needed… Read more »