Sen. Richard Shelby: Next Spending Package Likely to Hit Floor in Two Weeks

Source: July 10, 2018 – 2:33 p.m. By Jennifer Shutt, CQ

The Senate may turn to its next appropriations package the week of July 23, according to Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby.

“We're working toward bringing some more bills to the floor,” the Alabama Republican said Tuesday. “We don't know exactly yet, but we're hoping it's going to be a number of bills.” 

Shelby hinted that the fiscal 2019 Defense appropriations bill (S 3159) will likely be part of that package.

“I am hoping it will be on the floor before [the end of] July,” Shelby said, cautioning that leaders haven’t made a final decision about floor time or what additional spending bills will be added to the Defense spending bill. 

Shelby as well as several other appropriators have been advocating for the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill (S 3158) to be added to the Defense bill.  And while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hasn’t made a final decision, Shelby said the two have had good conversations about the possibility.

“I would like to see us rope Defense and HHS together,” he said.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, the top Democrat on the Defense subcommittee, is also advocating for the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education bills to be packaged. "[It] makes sense to me to do that," he said.