House Democratic leaders on Tuesday warned their troops to prepare for a last-ditch effort later in the week to prevent a government shutdown — if necessary.
House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHoyer: House plans to vote this week to ban Russian oil imports Pelosi says Ukraine aid deal is imminent Defense and national security overnight – More Western pressure as the Russia moves MORE (D-Md.) Told the caucus in a closed meeting that the House could be forced to vote Friday on a budget bill to keep government open until Saturday, when large parts of it are expected to close without congressional intervention.
House Democrats are expected to leave Washington on Wednesday for their annual issues retreat, a three-day affair held this year in Philadelphia. With that in mind, Democratic leaders plan to vote Wednesday morning on an omnibus spending bill, which will fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.
The package will also include at least $10 billion in aid to Ukraine and billions more to deal with the COVID crisis.
representing Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroBiden’s request for COVID-19 funds faces resistance from lawmakers (D-Conn.), who heads the House Appropriations Committee, told Democrats at the meeting that the package was “98% complete.” Lawmakers expect that package to be introduced Tuesday afternoon, and House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said he intends to hold a hearing later in the day to send the bill to the prosecution.
Separately, McGovern said he also plans to consider another bill banning imports of Russian fuel – a move President BidenJoe Biden ‘Batman’ scene slammed for depicting subway attack on Asian man GAO says 114 Capitol police officers reported injuries Jan. 6 Trump calls Barr a ‘Bushie’ who went the other way PLUS side also expected to approve later on Tuesday.
Passing the omnibus spending bill in the House on Wednesday would send the bill to the Senate. House leaders said they hoped Senate lawmakers could pass the measure before Friday’s closing deadline. But in case the legislation hits a snag in the upper house, Hoyer told House Democrats to be prepared to return to Washington on Friday after their retirement in Philadelphia ends.
“He just warned us that we might have to come back – key word ‘may,'” Rep. Norma TorresNorma Judith TorresPelosi backs Rep. Karen Bass in LA mayoral race Harris bets on new Honduran president to revive Central American politics Democrats keen to fill power vacuum after Pelosi leaves MORE (D-California).
representing David PriceDavid Eugene PriceOur infrastructure succumbs to natural disasters – we must be prepared for worsening flooding The Hill’s Morning Report – Democrats juggle priorities in the face of a new challenge (DN.C.), an ownership official, said negotiators are “on track” to finalize the process by Saturday. But House lawmakers are prepared to return either to vote on a temporary spending patch, if the omnibus is stalled in the Senate, or any Senate changes to the omnibus that require a second vote in the House.
“The hope and the assumption is that it won’t happen,” he said.