FY23 Budget Funding
Discussions about an end of year package are already underway, in large part driven by the expiration of continuing resolution (CR) on December 16, 2022. House Minority Leader McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) are interested in getting spending bills and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) done for a “clean slate” if they’re in the majority in January. Democrats are floating the idea of combining the omnibus bill and the NDAA as one option to expedite work and overcome political opposition. Congress returns November 14th to discuss next steps, but will not solidify their endgame until after the lame-duck session begins after the Thanksgiving recess. The 12-bill omnibus appropriations package would likely be the last major item of business before adjournment, now targeted for December 21st. Congress must act on the appropriations bills by December 16th, when the current CR expires, or pass another stopgap bill to keep the government funded until a deal can be worked out. It is expected that the omnibus bill will include additional funding for Ukraine, as well as other legislation looking for a home prior to the end of the session.