WASHINGTON — After two shutdowns and five stopgap spending bills, House Republican leaders are expected to release a $1.3 trillion spending bill in the coming days that would fund the government through Sept. 30, the end of the nation's fiscal year.
The bill must be passed by both the House and Senate and signed by President Trump before Saturday, or there will be another partial shutdown of federal agencies.
House Republicans met behind closed doors Monday night to discuss the proposal, which is still a work in progress.
"There’s still too many open issues," said Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., a member of the House Appropriations Committee. He and others said several controversial provisions were still being negotiated.
Democrats and Republicans agreed on top-line spending levels in February, when they approved a sweeping budget deal and a short-term funding measure to keep the government open until midnight March 23.
But lawmakers are still quibbling over a bevy of specific provisions that could be jammed into the $1.3 trillion spending bill. The flash-points include everything from funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, which President Trump wants, to de-funding Planned Parenthood, which House conservatives want.
Democrats have said they want a "clean" spending bill that does not include such controversial add-ons. House Republicans were meeting Monday evening to discuss the massive spending bill before releasing the text publicly.
The fiscal year for 2018 began Oct. 1, but Congress has failed to pass a long-term measure to fund federal agencies — relying instead on five stopgap measures to keep the government open. There was a partial shutdown for several days in January when a short-term spending bill expired with no agreement on an extension. Another disagreement led to lapse in funding for just a few hours in February, but it was resolved quickly enough that it did not disrupt government services. That deal extended funding through Friday.
Contributing: Herb Jackson and Eliza Collins