The Senate on Monday passed a fiscal 2019 spending package made up of the military construction-Veterans Affairs, energy-water and legislative branch titles, setting up a House-Senate conference to hash out a compromise version of the “minibus.” A handful of policy differences between the two chambers’ versions could slow negotiations in conference committee, though. Action on the spending package in the Senate comes as congressional leaders try to avoid relying on a year-end omnibus to fund the entire federal government next year. The Senate bill includes $10.3 billion for military construction and family housing programs, roughly matching the recommendation in the House version. The administration asked for $10.5 billion for milcon programs in its FY 2019 request; Congress allocated $10.1 billion in the current year. … Fort Bliss and Goodfellow AFB will be used to house migrants detained at the nation’s southern border, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday in Alaska. Unaccompanied minors would be housed at one of the installations with the other being used for migrant families, according to a defense official. The number of detained migrants who might be held has not been announced, but last week the department said it had been asked to prepare for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied children, reported Military Times.
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