Today on the Hill: Senate Appropriators Begin Work on Three More Spending Bills

Senate appropriators will meet to consider another batch of fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills today. The measures for Interior-Environment, Commerce-Science-Justice (CJS), and Homeland Security will be marked up in their respective subcommittees today ahead of the full committee markup on Thursday. While the Interior-Environment and CJS measures are expected to pass with bipartisan support, the Homeland Security bill has already highlighted points of contention between both parties over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall request and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds. The schisms over border security priorities are reminiscent of those that spurred a 35-day partial government shutdown earlier this year. 

On the floor, Senators will resume consideration of Brian McGuire’s nomination to be a Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury. Meanwhile, House lawmakers will begin their legislative work week today with consideration of six bills out of the Foreign Affairs Committee. This includes a bill that would waive the passport fees for first responders proceeding abroad to aid a foreign country suffering from a natural disaster, as well as legislation that would require a strategy for engagement with Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).