Key context: House Democrats announced their budget allocations earlier this year and passed most of their spending bills in two large bundles over the summer, while Senate Republicans only released their numbers earlier this month and didn’t pass any bills.
Appropriators and staff have spent days resolving a number of open questions between the two numbers, including the rating of veteran’s health care spending, funding for nuclear remediation, and the cost of government unemployment as unemployment remains high during the pandemic to the talks.
It is unclear whether stimulus measures will accompany the government funding package. Senate Republicans have been increasingly pessimistic about easing coronavirus spending, while Democrats remained somewhat optimistic.
“We were working on the collective bill and I thought it would be a transition to ‘coronavirus relief,” House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said Friday during her weekly press conference. “Let’s hope it does.”
Supreme Senate Republicans have signaled that the White House will sign an omnibus rather than another rolling resolution that will keep federal funding flat while avoiding a shutdown. However, officials’ assurances of what President Donald Trump will ultimately endorse have been somewhat vague.
White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told reporters on Capitol Hill last week that he could not “guarantee” that a government shutdown was off the table, but “making sure we financially support our government is a high priority. “