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Capitol Correspondence - 07.23.18

House Halfway Through Work on FY 2019 Funding Bills

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According to PoliticoPro:

“The House on Thursday passed another giant funding package, putting lawmakers exactly halfway on the path to advancing all 12 funding bills by Sept. 30.


The two-bill fiscal 2019 spending bundle, which was approved 217-199, funds a slew of agencies including the Treasury Department, the IRS, the EPA and conservation programs.


With Thursday’s final passage vote, the House has now cleared six of 12 annual spending bills — the official midway point for its current spending season.

The Senate is planning to take up the House-passed package as early as next week, though it may look different than the House version, possibly stalling bicameral negotiations.


As the House and Senate begin to reconcile their bills, one of the biggest hurdles is the inclusion of so-called poison pill riders.


Those hyperpartisan spending bills — including today’s package of Financial Services and Interior-Environment titles,H.R. 6147 (115) — include conservative policies that will be sent to their grave in the Senate, where Democratic buy-in is more necessary due to the slim GOP majority.


The other funding challenge is time. The House is planning to leave in early August for its month-long break. When lawmakers return, they will have just three weeks in session before that Sept. 30 deadline.”