Tuesday, December 17, 2019

FY 2020 Spending Bills Passed in the House

This afternoon the House took up HR 1158 and HR 1865 the two FY 2020 spending bills. HR 1158, the DOD, CJS, FS and DHS spending bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 280 to 138; 150 Democrats and 130 Republicans voted for the bill; 75 Democrats, 62 Democrats and 1 Independent voted against. The final vote for HR 1865, the remaining spending bills lumped into one bill, was a more partisan vote of 297 to 120; 218 Democrats and 79 Republicans voting Aye; 7 Democrats, 112 Republicans and 1 Independent voting Nay.

Two big questions remain. Will the bills come to a vote in the Senate? Current betting is yes. Will the President sign the two bills? White House indicates yes, but the President’s spending decisions have been a tad bit fickle over the last three years. We will have to wait and see.

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