Latest Developments (links to bills, reports, summaries below):
President signs 2-week CR: The House and Senate passed on 12/6 by unanimous consent, and the President signed on 12/7, HJRes 143, a two-week continuing resolution (CR) extending temporary funding to December 21 for agencies funded by the 7 unfinished appropriations bills — Ag, CJS, HSec, FSGG, Interior, State, and THUD.
— Text of H.J.Res. 143 – the 2-week CR
— The resolution also extends the National Flood Insurance Program through December 21, 2018. It also has the effect of extending through December 21, 2018, several additional authorities and programs that were extended in the existing CR, including the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.
–Agencies funded by the 7 bills face a shutdown at midnight Dec. 21 without completion of the bills or enactment of a further CR. Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) said Monday, “obviously we are working toward an impasse. We’ve got until the 21st, so that makes the stakes a little higher….It could make us all come together or it could drive us further apart — we don’t know yet.”
— While a number of issues remain to be resolved, a key sticking point is border wall funding, with the White House demanding $5 billion for a border wall, while Senate bipartisan negotiators agreed to $1.6 billion for general border security.
— Four of the 7 remaining bills are grouped into a minibus bill – Minibus III.
Oct 3: Senate passed 93-6 the motion to concur in the House amendment to HR 302, that provides $1.68 billion in Hurricane Florence disaster recovery aid through the CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) disaster recovery program to rebuild housing, infrastructure, and assist local businesses. On 10/1, the Senate voted 90-7 to invoke cloture on the motion to concur. On 9/26, the House voted 398-23 to add the disaster funding. | R-Stmt | D-Stmt
Overview (updated 12/4/18):
Fiscal Year 2019 began Monday, October 1, with 5 of the 12 regular appropriations bills enacted:
(1) Defense, (2) Energy-Water, (3) Labor-HHS-Education, (4) Legislative Branch, (5) Military Construction-Veterans Affairs. [See below for links to all bill language, reports, and summaries.]
Seven of the 12 bills are covered by a continuing resolution through Dec. 7 (to be extended to Dec. 21 due to the funeral of President George H.W. Bush): Agriculture-Rural Dev-FDA | Commerce-Justice-Science | Financial Services-General Govt | Homeland Security | Interior-Environment | State-Foreign Operations | Transportation-HUD. [See below for links to the CR and all pending bill and report language.]
Most notable about this year’s appropriations process is the timely and bipartisan manner in which the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced all 12 appropriations bills — belying the familiar refrain that the budget process is broken. A key factor is the Senate’s 60-vote requirement that incentivizes bipartisan negotiation and cooperation. In the House, however, the majority party can generally advance bills without minority votes and the House appropriations bills advanced largely along party lines.
The Senate Appropriations Committee reported all 12 bills — with bipartisan support — and passed 9 bills on the Floor: a 3-bill minibus: EW-Leg-MilCon; a 4-bill minibus: Int-FSGG-THUD-Ag; and a 2-bill minibus: Defense-LHHS.
The House Appropriations Committee reported all 12 bills — generally along party lines — and 6 bills passed on the Floor: Defense, as well as two minibus packages: EW-Leg-MilCon and Int-FSGG.
Status and Outlook:
[Note on Minibus designations: Minibus packages were initially numbered by Senate Floor consideration. The committees are now using the order of conference report consideration, as follows:]
Minibus I [EW-Leg-MCon]: Conference report signed by President 9/21. (Adopted by the Senate 92-5 on 9/12 and the House 377-20 on 9/13.)
Minibus II [Def-LHHS-CR]: Conference report signed by President 9/28. (Adopted by the Senate 93-7 on 9/18 and the House 361-61 on 9/26.)
Minibus III [Int-FSGG-THUD-Ag]: Negotiations not completed prior to the mid-term election recess.
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