Congress is in the final stages of the appropriations process—determining funding that federal agencies will receive next year—but before October it must also
raise debt ceiling so the government can pay its bills
increase two-year spending caps to avoid automatic sequestration which would slash defense and non-defense and safety net spending by $125 billion
fund the government to avoid shutdown
Dems, controlling appropriations for first time in 8 years, seek parity between defense and non-defense (including safety net) spending—with increased funding levels of $17 billion and $34 billion respectively. Dems have more power if the debt ceiling and spending caps increases are passed together—but Trump and his base oppose this.
We reached debt ceiling in March, but through “extraordinary measures” have not yet defaulted. Lower-than-expected tax revenues—due to Trump’s $1.5 billion tax scam—stokes fear of running out of money before the August recess over. While this might be a ploy to get Dems to sever debt ceiling raise and later force a continuing resolution at same budget caps, Pelosi’s so far holding firm.
We can’t repeat what happened with emergency DHS funding. Our MoCs must pressure leadership and colleagues to stand strong and protect non-defense and safety net spending.