House GOP seeks to avoid last-minute scramble with ambitious schedule to pass spending bills

House Republican leaders have unveiled an aggressive schedule to pass their annual spending bills over the summer, hoping to get the budget finalized before the November election and avoid a repeat of the intraparty fallout that resulted in last year’s appropriations process

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced his proposed schedule to GOP lawmakers during a closed-door meeting on Wednesday morning that would complete all 12 appropriations bills in June and July, starting with Military Construction and Veterans Affairs in the week of June 3. Under the schedule, lawmakers would be finished by Aug. 1

Lawmakers have already begun the process of drafting legislation, with appropriators expected to mark up the first spending bill on Thursday. 

The House will move forward with its plans to pass each of the 12 appropriations bills separately, according to Appropriations Committee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK). That
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