The Senate Sees Success and Struggle While Deciding on Budgets

November 5, 2019

Last month, the Senate saw its first success in voting on the budget when it passed bipartisan bills for the funding of the Agriculture, Transportation, and Interior Agencies. However, this success was short-lived when it came to the next vote involving President Trump’s border wall. This vote involved budgets for the border wall, health care, and the military, and senators were not able to agree on a decision.

The current government budget lasts until November 21st and it has become clear to several congressional members that the new budget may not be decided by then, so a short-term option may need to be put into place. Senate Appropriations Chairman, Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) indicated that the two biggest roadblocks facing the budget are financing border wall and the Labor-HHS-Education bill. Democrats and Republicans have not been able to agree on a fair budget for either and it has seemingly put a halt to further progress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have pushed senators to agree on all 12 spending bills sooner rather than later by expressing a resolution should be finalized by December 31st.

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