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Next Week on the Hill: White House, Democrats Make Demands in Spending Fight; Republicans Hope for AHCA Revival

Lawmakers will return next week to a pressing deadline to find a solution to fund the government before the current continuing resolution (CR) expires on Apr. 28. The current fiscal year, which ends Sep. 30, has been funded by a series of CRs that maintain fiscal 2016 spending levels for all federal programs. That option is likely off the table in this round of negotiations as some agencies, particularly the Pentagon, have warned that extending the CR through the end of the fiscal year would complicate their procurement and contracting processes. Instead, lawmakers will need to craft a more detailed omnibus spending measure, or a so-called “cromnibus” that would maintain funding levels for most agencies while providing additional resources to the Department of Defense.

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The Week in Review Lawmakers left Washington to start a two-week break in honor of the Easter and Passover holidays. As with a previous recess in February, numerous Republican lawmakers faced hostile receptions in town hall meetings over the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and other Trump Administration policies. The Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still alive, but it remains unclear whether the White House or congressional leadership will be able to bridge the divide between the moderate and conservative wings of the party. More details on President Trump’s position is included in our roundup below.