Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 10:24AM
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Congress

Budget/Appropriations

The House passed a completed Defense Appropriations bill earlier this month in the hopes that the Senate would follow before the end of April with an Omnibus Appropriations measure that integrates the remaining nine appropriations bills.

However, with just three weeks left before the Easter/Passover recess, the Senate calendar to take up a spending bill seems unlikely given Majority Leader McConnell's stated desire to take up legislation to repeal Obamacare and the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court health care reform.

Meanwhile, members of both parties continued to take exception to the deep cuts proposed in the President's 2018 budget that would be used as an offset to pay for a proposed $54 billion increase in military spending.

While the President's "skinny budget" was released on March 16, full details for all agencies and all accounts are not likely to be released until mid-May.  In a memo to Agency heads this week, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney prohibited discussion of any spending details not mentioned in the March 16 budget release until they are presented in mid-May.  As a result, several hearings had to be cancelled this week (Fox News).

Despite these challenges, the Appropriations Committees remain working to be prepared to wrap up the FY 2017 appropriations by the end of April and are still working to receive requests related to FY 2018 from members of the House and Senate in April and May to be ready to mark up those bills once the House and Senate leadership decide how to proceed on the FY 2018 budget (Bloomberg).

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