After Falling 'Badly Behind Schedule,' Senate to Begin Moving Spending Bills Next Week - October 22, 2019
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
The Senate will look to advance its first packages of fiscal 2020 spending bills next week, with leadership in the chamber already acknowledging lawmakers have fallen behind schedule.
In what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., described as an olive branch to his Democratic colleagues, Republicans will first bring up a package of appropriations measures to fund domestic agencies. Under a budget agreement signed by President Trump earlier this year, most agencies will receive a funding boost once full-year spending levels are set. Federal agencies are currently operating under a stopgap continuing resolution, which is set to expire Nov. 21.