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FY22 Appropriations Bills

House and Senate negotiators continued to reach a deal on the FY22 Appropriations Bills. Last week Republicans sent a proposal to Democrats with their recommendation on how to divide the defense and non-defense spending.  The White House is expected to send a request for additional pandemic aid for hospitals, restaurants and other industries hit hard by COVID-19, but Republicans are stating that there is still $800 billion in unspent funding  from past pandemic bills and that additional funds are not necessary. The current continuing resolution (CR) expires on February 18th, and it is expected that another short-term CR could be necessary to give negotiators more time to reach an agreement.