Yesterday, the House Republicans released their plan to fund the Department of Defense for the rest of Fiscal Year 2018 at a level higher than what the Budget Control Act provides while keeping the rest of the government on a short-term spending plan at current funding levels that runs through January 19, 2018. The so called “CRomnibus” also contains a fix for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but does not contain emergency funding for those states and territories impacted by hurricanes and wildfires or other measures that have been discussed as part of the end-of-the-year spending deal, such as immigration.
Given the fact that Congressional Democrats have repeatedly called for parity in raising both defense and non-defense spending levels, it is unlikely that this measure will advance in the Senate. Furthermore, the exclusion of disaster relief and immigration also raise questions as to whether this bill can be enacted as drafted.
I will keep you updated on Congress’ and the administration’s efforts to fully fund the federal government past December 22, 2017.