House, Senate negotiators say they have framework for government spending bill
House and Senate negotiators said they have a framework to negotiate final details of a spending bill for a full calendar year of government funding.
Rosa DeLauro (Democrat of Connecticut), House Appropriations Chairwoman, stated in a statement that the framework would allow for passage of what’s commonly known as an Omnibus Spending Bill next week. She said that the Senate Appropriations Committees and the House Appropriations Committees would negotiate the details of the final 2023 spending bill “that can be supported and received President Biden’s approval.”
The House is working to pass a short-term extension to government funding. This will move the deadline from Dec. 16 to December 23, which will allow appropriators to complete the final legislation.
Senator Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (Democrat from Vermont) welcomed the agreement, saying that Congress “cannot wait any further” due to the “painful inflation” being felt by the government as well as American families.
Republican vice chairman of this committee, Senator Richard Shelby, also released a statement acknowledging the existence of a “bipartisan and bicameral framework” which will allow negotiators to “start the difficult work of coming up with an agreement on twelve separate bills.” In announcing the agreement, Shelby and Leahy acknowledged each other and DeLauro, but neither mentioned the House Republicans.
Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican from Kentucky) told reporters Tuesday that both Republican and Democratic negotiators were present. “Very close” to a deal on Omnibus Spending Plan This would be “broadly attractive” and would reach the $858 billion funding amount in the defense policy bill. He warned that Congress must pass the long-term measure no later than Dec. 22. Failure to do so will force lawmakers to pass another short term funding bill to keep federal agencies operational until early next year, when Republicans take control of the House.
This report was contributed by Scott MacFarlane and Jack Turman.
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