passed five of 12 appropriations bills before the midterm elections, but time
is running out. A deal on a year-end spending package to wrap up the seven
unfinished bills would fund parts of the government for the fiscal year that
began Oct. 1. Only a few days remain before a stopgap funding measure (P.L.
115-245) will run dry on Dec. 7, creating the risk of a partial government
shutdown. The passing of former President
George H. W. Bush has created some bipartisanship with Members of
Congress working to move the deadline to Dec. 18.
if the deadline is moved, many issues will still need to be resolved before the
end-of-year deadline. One issue yet to be resolved is President Trump's request
for $5 billion for a border wall, included in the House version of the bill.
The Senate bill includes $1.6 billion for the wall in its bipartisan Homeland
Security funding bill. Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Richard Shelby
(R-AL), after meeting with the President on Nov. 27, said that the President
would veto a bill including only the $1.6 billion figure. Shelby believes the
best outcome would be to split the difference in the two amounts. The issue
remains unresolved at this writing.