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Republicans to Fund Pentagon, Government on Time for First Time in 22 Years

With Republican leadership, Congress is finally “doing its job,” according to one longtime critic of the appropriations process.

By NTK Staff | 09.26.2018 @1:15pm
Republicans to Fund Pentagon, Government on Time for First Time in 22 Years

By Wednesday evening, Congress will have funded the Pentagon on time for the first time in 22 years, according to a report from Politico. Both chambers are expected to have cleared 87 percent of federal funding for fiscal year 2019 with days to spare before the September 30 deadline.

The House plans to vote Wednesday afternoon on the biggest spending bundle since the massive deal, H.R. 1625 (115), Congress reached in March, laying the capstone of this year’s unexpectedly bipartisan push to keep policy disputes out of the spending debate in the interest of avoiding more continuing resolutions and catchall omnibus bills.

Neither of the two measures in the $852 billion package, H.R. 6157 (115) — Defense and Labor-HHS-Education — have been signed into law on time in a decade.

The accomplishment has prompted some, like longtime appropriations critic Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), to declare that Congress is finally “doing its job.” Thornberry chairs the House Armed Services Committee.

Still, there is an open question as to whether President Donald Trump will sign the bill. Trump has already signed a funding package that covers the Veterans Affairs and Energy departments. But not included in the set of appropriations receiving a vote Wednesday is funding for the president’s border wall.

It is expected that the wall’s funding could be addressed in the lead up to a December 7 funding deadline.

Most Republicans don’t believe Trump will veto the funding bill, despite flirting with the idea at a Montana rally earlier this month:

“I don’t think anybody in the country has an appetite for a shutdown,” said Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Tennessee Republican on the appropriations committee. Describing Trump as a “realist and pragmatist,” Fleischmann said Trump realizes “what we have gotten done this year has been infinitely better than what we’ve done in years past.”

Regardless, Republicans were able to avoid a bitter partisan fight weeks before the 2018 midterms.

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