• House May Not Take Up Budget
  • February 22, 2016
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • As House Republican leadership faces a rebellion from their right flank over the budget, House appropriators are prepared to move forward whether or not the chamber passes a budget blueprint.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is working to push a $1.07 trillion budget, initially agreed to in a deal last October, but is facing strong opposition from members of the Tea Party-aligned House Freedom Caucus.

    This week, House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers said appropriators are prepared to move forward regardless of the standoff over the budget:

    "I'm just anxious to get going on marking up these bills because the year is so short.... The budget agreement of last year gives us that top number and until I'm told otherwise by an act of the House or whatever, that's the number we have to mark up to."

    “Deeming” is a procedure by which the House would write language in another bill stating that the budget is passed, without actually voting on a stand-alone budget. So far, it appears Rogers’s committee members are backing him on taking this approach.

    While deeming a budget is an option, Speaker Ryan still hopes his caucus can come to an agreement on a budget resolution.

    In the Senate, appropriators are focused on one of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s top priorities: funding the government through “regular order,” or 12 spending bills, rather than through a massive omnibus package - a challenge not met since 1994.

    Despite the desire of McConnell and Senate appropriators, many observers believe that passing all 12 spending bills is highly unlikely, especially given that we are in a Presidential election year.