Federal Relations

July 24, 2020

First Batch of Spending Bills Clears House Floor

As expected, the House cleared its first package of FY2021 spending bills earlier this afternoon.  The four-bill batch, H. R. 7608, combines four separate pieces of legislation:  State-Foreign Operations; Agriculture; Interior and Environment; and Military Construction- Veterans Affairs.  It was adopted by a vote of 224 to 189.  A summary of H. R. 7608 is available here.

Next week, the House is currently scheduled to take up a second “minibus”, made up of seven appropriations bills:  Defense; Labor-HHS-Education; Commerce-Justice-Science; Homeland Security; Financial Services-General Government; Energy and Water; and Transportation-HUD.  That would leave the Legislative Branch measure as the only one of the 12 that will not have been taken up by the full chamber by the end of next week.

On the other side of the Hill, the Senate has yet to act on any of its bills, and with negotiations around the next COVID-relief bill expected to take up all of the time before the August recess, it is not expected do so until September at the earliest.