Congress unveils first appropriations package ahead of looming shutdown deadline

Congress unveiled its first appropriations package on Sunday, teeing the legislation up for a vote sometime this week before federal funding is set to lapse for a slate of government agencies on Friday.

The legislation, referred to as a “minibus” package, combines funding for six of the government’s must-pass spending bills ahead of the first shutdown deadline later this week and adheres to the $1.59 trillion topline number that was negotiated between House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) earlier this year.

The minibus, which funds the government through the rest of the fiscal year, includes funding for Agriculture; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; Energy and Water; Interior and Environment; and Commerce, Justice, and Science.

The proposed package includes a number of spending cuts, including a 10%
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