Lawmakers focus on spending ahead of September deadline

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Sarah Ferris, budget and appropriations reporter at Politico and Nancy Ognanovich, congressional reporter at Bloomberg Government, discuss the grouped spending bills making their way through Congress.


 

Congress is adopting a different strategy to get federal spending bills passed — small bundles. According to Sarah Ferris, budget and appropriations reporter at Politico, this is not a new idea, and has been done in the past when members of Congress wanted to do something quickly. The first ‘mini-bus’ made it through the House, but several more are in the works.

 

“We don’t quite know exactly what’s up next,” said Ferris. “We think it will be the defense spending bill, there’s been some indication that the House has teed that up for the week after next, but they could easily attach more bills to that.”

 

“The Senate is going to take up the first mini-bus this week, put in their own bills, and that’s going to be a big test case for the Senate and Mitch McConnell’s attempt to get the Senate behind this strategy,” said Nancy Ognanovich, congressional reporter at Bloomberg Government. “After the leaders, you have to look at all the individual members and whether they’re willing to go along with it.”