In a potential complication to efforts to complete at least some of fiscal 2020 appropriations before the current stopgap spending measure runs out, House Democrats reportedly are insisting that all 12 overdue appropriations bills be finalized before any of them get to the floor.
This would prevent a repeat of last year, when some spending bills were approved (such as for the Department of Defense) but not others (such as for the Department of Homeland Security).
The current continuing resolution bill keeping the government open in lieu of 2020 appropriations will run out on Dec. 20. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) reportedly said he doubted all 12 bills would be finalized by then.
As a result, Congress likely would have to pass another continuing resolution that would last into the new year.
Ongoing impeachment proceedings against the president and a hard line drawn by both sides over the wall on the southern border with Mexico have complicated efforts to complete an appropriations bill.