House passes two-tiered stopgap bill, the last one, in theory

Aidan Quigley, CQ-Roll Call on

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WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the short-term spending bill that will give lawmakers the time they need to put the finishing touches on fiscal 2024 appropriations and wrap up the process in the coming weeks.

Under suspension of the rules, which requires two-thirds of lawmakers’ support, the chamber passed the bill on a 320-99 vote. It will now head to the Senate, where that chamber could pass it as soon as later Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said.

“That will require all of us working together,” Schumer said Thursday morning. “There’s certainly no reason this should take a very long time. So, let’s cooperate and get it done quickly.”

The bill will set up a first tranche of spending bills that the House is expected to vote on next Wednesday: the Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy-Water, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA and Transportation-HUD measures.

Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., said Thursday that legislative text of that package would be released over the weekend. Text is expected to be released Sunday, which would set up a Wednesday vote in the House under the chamber’s 72-hour rule to give lawmakers sufficient time to consider the package.

The final contents of the bills are not yet clear, though it appears that the bills will not feature the big conservative policy wins House Republicans were pushing for. Schumer said Thursday that the package would not include “unacceptable poison-pill riders that we said would not fly.”


Still, Republicans are expected to claim credit for wins in the package even if they aren’t the most high-profile, culture war-related items that received most of the attention over the summer when the House was debating the bills.

“If you’re expecting a lot of home runs and grand slams here, I admit you’ll be disappointed. But we will be able to secure a number of policy victories,” Johnson told members on a conference call Friday, according to a source familiar with his comments. “These bills will be littered with singles and doubles that we should be proud of, especially in our small majority.”

House Interior-Environment Appropriations Chair Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, said there were “not a lot” of riders in his bill, as many that House Republicans pushed for got dropped.

“The Democrats were never going to agree to a lot of those things,” he said. “But I think we got some good provisions. So did the Democrats, frankly. That’s kind of the nature of a compromise.”


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