House lawmakers return to action this afternoon as another marathon legislative work week is taking shape. The lower chamber will resume consideration of amendments to the first appropriations “minibus,” beginning with postponed roll call votes on the Defense portion of the four-bill spending package. Votes are expected past the midnight hour tonight, as GOP lawmakers will reportedly continue to request roll call votes on amendments to the State-Foreign Operations section of the bill that are slated for consideration later today.
The Week in Review
The House kicked off a multi-day process to approve the first fiscal year (FY) 2020 "minibus” last week. While House Democrats were hopeful to wrap up consideration of the four-bill spending package last Thursday, House conservatives stymied progress on the bill by requesting a recorded vote on every amendment that was offered — forcing lawmakers to take votes on more than two-dozen amendments. The bill is expected to pass on party lines this week after the White House issued a veto threat, foreshadowing tough negotiations between the House and Senate over President Donald Trump’s spending priorities.
Congress will gear up for another hectic work session this week as both chambers have teed up high-profile legislative items for 2019. When the House returns Tuesday, lawmakers will finish roll call votes on dozens of amendments to the first “minibus” package consisting of the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Energy and Water Development, Defense, and State-Foreign Operations spending bills. Once the four-bill measure clears the lower chamber, the House will take up a second minibus (text; amendments) which includes the Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), Interior-Environment, Military Construction-Veterans’ Affairs (VA) and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spending bills.
House lawmakers are set for another marathon day on the floor as members look to clear over 200 amendments to the four-bill appropriations “minibus.” The lower chamber held more than two-dozen roll call votes on amendments (batch 1; batch 2) well past midnight yesterday after House conservatives prevented expedited voice-vote adoption by requesting a recorded vote on every amendment. As of this morning, GOP lawmakers are continuing to request roll call votes on amendments being brought to the floor, a move that could push final consideration of the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Energy and Water Development, Defense, and State-Foreign Operations package into next week.
House Democrats have reduced the first “minibus” from five bills to four, pulling the spending bill for the Legislative Branch from the package late yesterday. The spending bill was pulled amid backlash from lawmakers over a provision that would give lawmakers a pay raise for the first time since 2009 — an issue that has divided rank-and-file and swing-district members. House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) stated it’s possible that Legislative Branch appropriations could be added to the second minibus (H.R. 3055) slated for consideration next week, which includes the Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), Interior-Environment, Military Construction-Veterans’ Affairs (VA) and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spending bills.
House lawmakers will kick off a busy legislative work week later this afternoon as the House begins full consideration of fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills. The lower chamber will take up the first “minibus” package (summary; amendments) for FY 2020 on Wednesday, containing five appropriations bills. The five spending bills included in the first minibus include: Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (text; report), Energy and Water Development (text; report), Legislative Branch (text; report), Defense (text; report), State-Foreign Operations (text; report).
The Week in Review
President Donald Trump signed a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill a months-long delay over issues related Puerto Rico and border security. The bill passed under suspension of the rules early last week after House conservatives blocked the bill from being passed during pro forma sessions over the Memorial Day district work period. The lower chamber also cleared another key suspension bill, H.R. 2940, that would extend funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program through September 30, 2019.
Congressional lawmakers have completed their legislative business for the week, wrapping up early to accommodate a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) to Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. When the lower chamber returns next week, House lawmakers will begin consideration of the first fiscal year (FY) 2020 “minibus” package containing five FY 2020 appropriations bills. The five spending bills included in the first minibus include: Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (text; report), Energy and Water Development (text; report), Legislative Branch (text; report), Defense (text; report), State-Foreign Operations (text; report).