Senate and House negotiators are nearing agreement on a long-delayed disaster relief package, CQ reported Monday.
Several last-minute snags, including how to extend legal authority for the lapsed Violence Against Women Act were holding up the disaster and humanitarian aid before lawmakers leave town for the Memorial Day recess.
Senate Republicans seek temporary renewal of VAWA programs through Sept. 2019, while Democrats want full reauthorization through fiscal 2024 as the House passed with bipartisan support last month.
“This is crunch time,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) said on the floor Monday. “It will be an awful conclusion to this work period if we leave without passing a relief package.”
The long-awaited package includes immediately needed disaster recovery funding for several military installations, as On Base has covered.
Other issues remain unresolved, including oversight of how emergency border is spent. The Senate is also wrestling over Harbor Maintenance funding sought by Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).
Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ethan Green