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Is the Spending Bill Due March 23 the Last Thing Congress Will Do in 2018?

Few other workplaces in America finish their calendar-year work in late March. Congress is on track to do so.

By NTK Staff | 03.19.2018 @12:00pm
Is the Spending Bill Due March 23 the Last Thing Congress Will Do in 2018?

Congress has a Friday deadline to pass a spending bill. Current negotiations lean toward a package that would be, Politico‘s Playbook reported, the “last must-pass bill of the year on the floor.”

Playbook noted that the status of this spending bill mean “this is the week” for legislators to bring up their priorities.

IF YOU HAVE A LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY, this is the week to bring it up, as Congress has its last must-pass bill of the year on the floor. The massive omnibus spending package — which will fund the government through the end of September — could include language on everything from campaign finance to pesticides to labor policy. It is scheduled come out today. That will give Congress five days to get it through both chambers. What can go wrong?

Why? Because, in an election year, Congress may not do much of anything substantive for the rest of the year.

Between April and early November, all of Congress has at least six weeks off (the month of August, and the last two weeks before the election). The House has even more time off, around nine weeks (all of the above, plus two extra weeks in October and a week off in September).

That’s why negotiators are considering so many so-called policy ‘riders’ that NTK Network reported on last week. These riders make a government shutdown more likely since most of them are opposed in near-entirety by one party or the other.

The lack of work may be one reason Congress continues to have low approval ratings among the American public.

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