House to Consider Defense, Other Appropriations in Minibus Bill

House to Consider Defense, Other Appropriations in Minibus Bill

The Democrat-led House is scheduled to vote on its first major fiscal 2020 appropriations package Wednesday, according to a House Appropriations Committee press release.

Lawmakers will consider a four-bill package that includes $690 billion in new defense discretionary funding for fiscal 2020 that the Appropriations Committee advanced last week, according to the release.

House Democratic leaders decided to withdraw the Legislative portion of the spending package after internal disputes whether the chamber’s lawmakers would approve their first pay raise in a decade, according to The Hill.

The bundle includes the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education spending bills, which will be packaged in “minibus” legislation to advance the measures in a fast-track approval process.

“This will be the first of several minibuses,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told Roll Call.

House leaders want to approve all their spending measures by the end of June, allowing time to negotiate with the GOP-led Senate before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

The House appropriations bills, however, are not likely to become law without a bipartisan agreement in both the Senate and House by Oct. 1 to avoid a possible government shutdown and mandatary across-the-board budget cuts.

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