LAWMAKERS HOPE TO GET OMNIBUS PASSED THIS WEEK TO AVOID SHUTDOWN - March 20, 2018
Lawmakers Expect Massive Spending Bill Tuesday, Face Tight Turnaround to Avoid Shutdown
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
Lawmakers plan to unveil on Tuesday a $1.3 trillion bill to set spending levels at every federal agency, giving themselves just a few days to pass the funding measure and avoid the third government shutdown of the year.
The fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill has been delayed after weeks of negotiations that commenced in earnest after President Trump signed into law a two-year budget deal that significantly boosted funding by temporarily rolling back 2011 Budget Control Act caps. That agreement boosted top-line spending levels by $63 billion for non-defense discretionary accounts, and the new measure would direct specific funding allocations under that agreement.