With 17 days left to avert a government shutdown, Congressional appropriators are ramping up spending negotiations as the Nov. 21 funding deadline approaches. In addition to a continuing resolution (CR) that would likely punt the government funding deadline until mid-December, negotiators are also working to broker an agreement on subcommittee allocations for each of the 12 spending bills as lawmakers look to begin reconciling funding bills that have already cleared the House and Senate. However, President Donald Trump’s border wall priorities — which includes $8.6 billion in funding and authority to transfer defense funds to the border wall effort — have complicated efforts to reach an agreement.
On the floor, the Senate will convene later this afternoon and will return its attention to clearing the presidential nominations queue. A full list of nominations filed for this week can be found here. Meanwhile, House lawmakers have left Washington for their Veterans Day district work period. The lower chamber will resume legislative business on Tuesday, Nov. 12.