October Washington DC Preview

October 7, 2019

QUICK FIX

— Still appropriations season: Lawmakers will spend October trying to strike the compromises necessary to close the book on appropriations for fiscal 2020. Federal departments and agencies are running on a stopgap that keeps spending levels static until Nov. 21, while Congress hasn't finished a single one of the 12 annual spending bills. A showdown on border wall funding could derail negotiations between the House and Senate, although Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said last month that he thinks spending measures like Energy-Water, Transportation-HUD and Agriculture-FDA could gain enough bipartisan backing to pass on the Senate floor.