What to Know in Washington: Senate Passes CR, Looks to Omnibus
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The Senate on Thursday night passed a one-week government funding bill intended to avert a Saturday shutdown, sending the measure to President Joe Biden for his signature.
The 71 to 19 vote on the stopgap bill followed House passage of the measure on Wednesday night.
The bill gives negotiators another week to hash out agreements on specific funding levels for federal agencies and programs in the roughly $1.7 trillion fiscal 2023 spending package.
“For the last two years, the 117th Congress has not had a single government shutdown. Not one. Not even for a day,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said. “I hope we don’t start now, just as we approach the finish line. Recent history shows that those who risk shutdowns with hopes of scoring political points ultimately lose in the end.”
The Senate rejected two Republican amendments. One would have cut funding for the Internal Revenue Service and another would have extended the stopgap to March 10.
Democrats and Senate Republicans earlier this week struck a deal on an outline for the omnibus appropriations bill. That measure will fund defense activities at roughly $858 billion, a $76 billion increase from current levels. An impasse over spending for domestic agencies was broken when Democrats agreed to limit increases in domestic spending to those Biden requested.
House Republican leaders decided not to participate in the negotiations. Kevin McCarthy, the chamber’s GOP leader, has urged Congress to delay action on the bills until Republicans take over the House on Jan. 3.
“I hope they are able to produce text of a bipartisan government funding bill that can pass the Senate before our hard deadline next Thursday,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Otherwise, I will support pivoting next week to a short-term continuing resolution into the new year.”
Lawmakers are also negotiating what remaining bills could be attached the the final must-pass spending package before the current Congress adjourns. Erik Wasson looks ahead to the next Friday’s funding deadline.
- Congressional negotiators agreed to top-line funding allocations for each of the 12 annual spending bills, a person familiar said, a key step that allows lawmakers to write an omnibus bill to avoid a government shutdown, Jack Fitzpatrick reports.
- The top Democrats and Republicans on congressional committees dealing with foreign affairs are pressing to include money to shore up Taiwan’s defenses and aid Ukraine in a year-end government funding package. Roxana Tiron has more.
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