Congress faces tight deadline to pass defense spending and authorization bill

Congress has a busy legislative schedule as it aims to pass a spending bill and a defense authorization bill ahead of Congress’ new term.

The current interim spending bill, otherwise known as the Continuing Resolution (CR), will expire on December 16. Reports suggest Democratic leaders are discussing a one-week extension of the CR to give lawmakers more time to negotiate a long-term resolution. spending bill.

Congressional leaders could either decide to pass a longer-term spending bill that would fund the government until 2023, or try to pass a full omnibus spending bill, even if that would come with important obstacles.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has always avoided the threat of government shutdowns, and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the outgoing Senate GOP Appropriations Leader, would likely want to put his stamp on a government spending bill. more time.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 29: Senate Appropriations Committee member Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) speaks to reporters en route to a vote on the Continue Funding the Government resolution at the U.S. Capitol on September 29, 2022 in Washington DC. The Senate passed interim legislation to avoid the government shutdown, funding the federal government until Dec. 16. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Reports suggest that Congress may attempt to include up to $37.7 billion in military, economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. However, many Conservatives in the House have promised to check for more aid to Ukraine. Some Democrats and Republicans have proposed legislation to review billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and their Republican members. , urging them to pass a spending bill for the entire year.

Austin argued that failing to pass an omnibus bill “would cause significant harm to our people and our programs and harm our national security and our competitiveness.”

Congressional leaders also discussed lifting the debt limit, the government’s cap on public spending, during the lame duck; however, Punchbowl News noted that Congress did not have time to do so.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


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