Today on the Hill: Senate Readies Passage of Four-Bill Minibus

October 31, 2019

Senators will look to clinch their first spending package of fiscal year (FY) 2020, voting on final passage of a four-bill minibus containing FY 2020 spending bills for Agriculture, Interior-Environment, Commerce-Science-Justice, and Transportation-HUD. Following passage of the first minibus, the upper chamber will take a procedural vote on a second spending package. The second minibus —which includes the Senate’s spending bills for Defense and Labor-HHS-Education — is unlikely to advance due to opposition by Senate Democrats over “poison pill” issues such as border security and family planning.

In the House, lawmakers will finish consideration of a measure that would provide for the designation of certain wilderness, recreational management, and conservation areas in Colorado. The lower chamber will also debate a Democratic resolution that would lay out the next steps in the House impeachment inquiry. Both measures are expected to pass on party lines.