Appropriations: House Dems Want All or Nothing; Another CR May Be in Store

December 3, 2019

House Democrats will insist that negotiators agree on all 12 spending bills before bringing any of them up for a vote, CQ reported Tuesday, citing “sources familiar with strategy talks.”
Senate Defense Appropriations Committee ranking member Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Democrats want to make sure lawmakers don’t simply pass the DOD spending bill and put the others off.
Time is tight, with government spending set to expire Dec. 20.
“If we don’t work something out toward the end of this week or the next 10 days after that… I think it’s inevitable we’re going to get” another continuing resolution, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Tuesday, according to CQ. “We’re probably going to get on past maybe January and go from there.”
Many members remain leery of going for a full-year CR stretching into the fall, because of the bureaucratic uncertainties that CRs pose for DOD and other agencies.
“While the line employees are still at their desks and still working, all of the executive-level that should be doing all the planning, all the oversight and everything else, are now doing budget work 24/7,” Appropriations Committee member Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) told Federal News Network. “We have to resolve it.”
DOD photo of Sen. Dick Durbin by Glenn Fawcett

December 3, 2019

Recent News

Army Announces Major Restructuring Plan

Army Announces Major Restructuring Plan

The Army is cutting its force by 24,000 soldiers – about 5% – it announced Tuesday, as PBS News Hour and other outlets reported. The Army said the plan will make it more capable for future wars. “These planned reductions are to authorizations (spaces), and not to...

Pentagon Releases Review of Austin Hospitalization Handling

Pentagon Releases Review of Austin Hospitalization Handling

The Pentagon found that there was no “ill intent” in the decisions that led Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his top staff to keep secret that he was hospitalized in January. An unclassified summary of DOD’s 30-day review into the incident, released Monday, said...

Senate GOP Tries to Nudge House to Come Along on Spending

Senate GOP Tries to Nudge House to Come Along on Spending

Senate Republicans are putting pressure on the House GOP to agree to a spending bill and avert a government shutdown that would start this weekend. “Shutting down the government is harmful to the country. And it never produces positive outcomes — on policy or...

No Spending Deal Yet

No Spending Deal Yet

Part of the federal government is set to shut down Friday night if Congress does not pass annual appropriations bills or a continuing resolution. Negotiators working on a bipartisan deal had expected to release it Sunday, but there is still no agreement, as The Hill...

PAST STORIES