House leadership released the text of a 2,232 page must-pass spending bill late Wednesday evening that includes a number of provisions that are likely to make conservatives angry.
The legislation will keep the government-funded through Sept. 30 if House and Senate lawmakers pass the bill and President Donald Trump signs it. The bill comes after months of negotiation in Congress over contentions policy issues. Many of those policy standoffs, like Obamacare subsidy funding and appropriations for the Gateway Tunnel, were not included in the final text.
House lawmakers started debating the bill Thursday morning and voted to advance the legislation for a final vote sometime Thursday afternoon. If the House fails to pass the bill Thursday afternoon, they would leave the Senate under 24 hours to debate, agree upon, and vote on the House legislation before the government shuts down at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan are selling the bill to their colleagues as a win because they were able to get more money for defense, for the construction of small portions of the president’s border wall and to combat the opioid crisis.
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