“Enormous” Spending Bill Could Stop Federal Shut Down

While a shutdown looks unlikely at this point, the size of the omnibus spending bill provides an opportunity for advocacy.

Congress is reportedly putting the finishing touches on a large spending bill to avoid a shutdown Friday.

As reported by The Hill,

House GOP leaders said they’re putting the finishing touches on an enormous 2018 spending bill, predicting the few remaining snags will be ironed out as early as Monday night.

Finalizing a bipartisan omnibus agreement would set the stage for both chambers to vote on the $1.2 trillion package before Friday, when government funding is scheduled to expire.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has issued an action alert to urge House and Senate Leaders to include PILT and SRS in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

According to NACo:

This is one of the last opportunities to ensure Secure Rural Schools (SRS) is reauthorized and the Payments In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program receives full funding.

For more information, including updates, on the federal shutdown, follow The Hill.