Federal Relations

June 12, 2019

First Spending Package Ready for Floor Action

The last two FY2020 spending bills– the Homeland Security and Financial Services measures– were cleared by the House Appropriations Committee yesterday.  The homeland security legislation was adopted 29 – 20 while the financial services bill was approved 30 – 21.  With all 12 bills having gone through the committee process, the House is now slated to bring its first spending package to the floor later this week.

Starting today, the House is scheduled to debate a $985-billion package that combines four individual bills, including the two largest, Defense and Labor-HHS-Education.  The legislation also includes the Energy and Water and the State-Foreign Operations bills.

The House is proceeding without an agreement between Congress and the Administration on the overall amount of funding that is available for FY2020.  Later today, Senate Republican appropriators and White House representatives are scheduled to meet to discuss the topline funding issue.