But the House of Representatives bills also contained about $233 billion in emergency spending for the COVID-19 pandemic, which is not part of the Senate`s accounts. Senate Republicans had refused to combine pandemic relief with regular annual funds. House leaders said they would vote next week on the rest of the resolution. The bill would extend current government funding levels beyond September 30 and buy more time to negotiate a slate of 2021 management accounts. A Democratic aide denied there was a deal, but said Pelosi pushed Mnuchin to increase spending on child nutrition in exchange for relief funds. All the assistants spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing negotiations. “I think they`re going to make it,” a former congressional aide said Monday. “December 11 is a quick turning point, but they can do it if they reach an agreement [on endowments] in the coming days. If it doesn`t happen before Thanksgiving, it will be difficult to set that deadline. The developments came a day after Trump announced Thursday night at a rally in the Wisconsin battlefield state that farmers would receive an additional $13 billion, money from the same fund the government is trying to restore more than $30 billion in the short-term spending bill. On Friday, Democratic workers said Pelosi was strongly opposed to the inclusion of the $30 billion in Stopgap`s spending account. But they would still be limited by a two-year budget agreement reached last summer that prefixed general funding limits for fiscal year 2021. The budget agreement provided the military with only a $2.5 billion boost and a $2.5 billion increase in non-defence programs from 2020 levels, capping the total at $740.5 billion and $634.5 billion, respectively.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed two bills that will provide $1.4 trillion across the federal government and ultimately, nearly three months after the start, will set a line for spending for fiscal year 2020. If Republicans and Democrats reach an agreement before Thanksgiving on how to find about $1.400 billion in discretionary spending on the 12 regular budget bills before Thanksgiving, there`s a way to finish an omnibus on time, according to people familiar with the conversations. This logjam broke down last week and the legislature then worked out the final details with a series of compromises. For example, in exchange for increased defense spending, Democrats secured support to reduce Trump`s $8.6 billion request for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to $1.4 billion, with a 3.1 percent pay increase. The horse trade took place in hundreds of other destinations. Democrats are celebrating an increase in the same salary for federal employees, $425 million for election security spending and full funding for the next 2020 census. The bill also contains $25 million for gun violence research, the first time in 20 years that Congress has approved such spending. In recent years, Congress has often failed to complete the 12 annual spending laws on time, instead of resorting to stopgap measures called “continuation resolutions” that extend agency funding to existing levels for short periods of time. Over the past decade, there have been a number of government truces of different lengths. As negotiators oppose the clock to draft final spending laws for the current fiscal year, there have been signs of optimism that an agreement will be reached that would prevent a ceasefire next month.
A Republican employee said the measure includes a $22 billion increase over military spending in fiscal 2019, a 3.1% pay increase for service members and $1.375 billion for the f