House, Senate negotiators say they have outline for government spending bill

House and Senate negotiators announced they have a framework in place to negotiate final details on a spending bill for a full year of government funding.

House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLaro, a Democrat from Connecticut, said in a statement that the framework would provide a path to what is known as an omnibus spending bill next week. Now, he said the House and Senate appropriations committees will negotiate details of the final 2023 spending bills “that can be supported by the House and Senate and receive President Biden’s signature.”

The House is preparing to pass a short-term extension of government funding, pushing the date from the current December 16 deadline to December 23, giving appropriators time to write final legislation.

Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Pat Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, welcomed the deal, saying Congress “cannot delay our work any longer” because “the pain of inflation” is being felt by the government and American families.

The committee’s Republican vice chairman, Sen. Richard Shelby, released a statement accepting a “bipartisan, bicameral framework” that would enable negotiators to “begin the difficult work of reaching agreement on twelve separate bills.” Both Shelby and Leahy acknowledged each other and Delaro in announcing the agreement, but did not mention House Republicans.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told reporters earlier Tuesday that Democratic and Republican negotiators were “Very close” to reaching a deal on omnibus spending plan It would be “broadly engaging” and would complement the $858 billion funding level in the defense policy bill. But he warned that Congress needs to pass a long-term measure by Dec. 22, and failure to do so would require lawmakers to pass another short-term funding bill that would keep federal agencies running through early next year, when The GOP will be in control. House.

Scott McFarlane, Jack Turman and Melissa Quinn contributed to this report.

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