What to Know in Washington: Spending Bill Outline Deal Reached

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Top US lawmakers announced that they broke a deadlock on spending levels for US government programs, putting Congress on track to complete a $1.7 trillion fiscal 2023 spending package before the end of December.

House and Senate appropriators didn’t provide any details of the deal, but the topline agreement will allow lawmakers to spend the coming week hashing out specific spending levels for each federal agency as well as what additional legislative items they will attach to the bill.

“We have a framework that provides a path forward to enact an omnibus next week,” House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said in a statement Tuesday. “Now, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will work around the clock to negotiate the details of final 2023 spending bills that can be supported by the House and Senate and receive President Biden’s signature.”

House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), seen on Capitol Hill in June.

House Republicans are poised to oppose the spending bill en masse after their leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) announced this week he is a firm no on any funding package. McCarthy and his allies want Congress to wait on final funding decisions until Republicans take over the House on Jan. 3.

Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) defended the emerging deal, arguing that the GOP will get the defense boost it wants without funding domestic priorities above what President Joe Biden had requested for the year in his budget proposal. He noted that that Republicans are in the minority in the Senate.

“It’s far and away the best we can do given that we don’t control the government,” he said earlier in the day.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday he expects the legislation will include aid for Ukraine as well as a bipartisan bill raising the bar for challenging presidential election results.

Congress is now expected to approve a one-week stopgap spending bill this week to extend the funding deadline from Dec. 16 to Dec. 23. The House will vote at about noon on the rule for consideration of the week-long stopgap. The rule also would send a separate bill back to the Senate to be used as a vehicle for an eventual omnibus funding package, a maneuver that’s meant to expedite a final vote in the Senate. Read more from Erik Wasson.

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To contact the reporters on this story: Katrice Eborn in Washington at keborn@bgov.com; Brandon Lee in Washington at blee@bgov.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Giuseppe Macri at gmacri@bgov.com

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