Negotiators from the United States House and Senate have been working diligently over the last several weeks to come to final agreements on as many as nine of the 12 FY2019 appropriations bills, with both the House and Senate formally naming conferees this week on the remaining minibus packages.
House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) was quoted Friday that the Energy-Water, MilCon-VA, and Legislative Branch minibus conference is almost completed and could potentially come to a vote on the House floor as early as next week. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) echoed those comments as well.
House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) told reporters Thursday that the majority of differences on the defense portion of the Department of Defense/Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) minibus have been resolved as well. While negotiations continue on the LHHS title, the expectation is conferees will come to an agreement on the package before the end of the fiscal year.
The final minibus that could possibly see action is the Financial Services/Interior-Environment/Agriculture and Transportation-HUD package. While significant progress is being made, it remains to be seen whether negotiators will be able to pull together a final product before the end of the fiscal year.