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Congress Unveils First Six Funding Bills In Order to Avoid Partial Government Shutdown on Friday

In an effort to avoid a partial government shutdown this Friday, the House Appropriations Committee released the text of funding bills for six federal agencies that were extended until March 8th through last week’s continuing resolution. The six bills include funding for: (1) Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies ($307.75 billion) (summary available here); (2) Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies ($97.484 billion) (summary available here); (3) Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies ($58.191 billion) (summary available here); (4) Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies ($41.2 billion) (summary available here); (5) Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies ($68.537 billion) (summary available here); and (6) Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies ($26.288 billion) (summary available here). The Committees also released details of the earmarks included in each of the funding bills, available here. If passed, these bills would extend funding for their respective agencies until September 30, 2024—the end of the current fiscal year.

The House is expected to take up these bills on Wednesday and a Senate vote is expected to occur ahead of Friday’s deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown. The six remaining funding bills (Defense, Financial Services and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor-Health and Human Services, Legislative Branch, and State and Foreign Operations) were extended through March 22, 2024 to allow negotiators more time to come to an agreement on funding for these agencies through the end of fiscal year 2024.

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