Legislation to boost federal spending for the 2018 fiscal year could be on track to pass the House, but some senators have been less enthusiastic.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he was open to a package of $800 billion for the Pentagon and the National Institutes of Health, which has been stalled for weeks as a group of senators opposed it.
“It could be a pretty big deal,” McConnell said, without elaborating.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she is still “working on it.”
“We’re going to see what the Senate does.
There are some things we need to be sure of, and then the House has to do its own work,” she said.
McConnell said Thursday that the Senate will consider an extension of the government’s borrowing authority for the next two years and raise the debt limit for the first time in seven years.
If that doesn’t happen, the government will run out of money in February.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D_N.
Y., said Democrats will try to get the measure passed, which would fund the government until April.
“If you’re going into a budget crunch, we want to have some relief in the middle of the crisis,” Schumer said.
“This is a very big deal.
It’s a big deal.”