House Dems eye $1 trillion ‘minibus’ in first step to avoid shutdown

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House Democrats’ spending package, which is unlikely to win support from Republicans, is expected to come to the floor next week. | Zach Gibson/Getty Images

The House will likely take up a roughly $1 trillion funding package next week, marking an aggressive first step by Democrats to avert yet another paralyzing government shutdown this year, according to multiple sources.

The House Democrats’ package would substantially increase funding for the Pentagon while also boosting money for domestic agencies, setting up a major clash over spending with Republican leaders and the White House this fall.

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The partisan “minibus,” which is unlikely to win support from Republicans, is expected to come to the floor next week.

It will serve as Democrats’ opening salvo in this year’s funding debate, with both parties desperate to hammer out an agreement that keeps the government open past Sept. 30.

Any deal would also need to address Congress’s strict budget caps, which threaten billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts if no action is taken by year’s end.

The bundle includes five of the House’s 12 must-pass bills, but does not touch the Department of Homeland Security, which was at the center of the 35-day shutdown earlier this year.



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