But they were unable to agree on the language of a new accountability shield for companies affected by the pandemic — a major concern of Republicans — and aid to government and local governments — a flagship requirement for Democrats. Congressional leaders had expressed optimism that they would have time to draft and pass an omnibus budget bill to fix the 2021 fiscal year funding for each agency before Friday`s deadline expires, but several outstanding issues have delayed that process. Among the topics that have delayed spending discussions are funding for access to the private sector by the Department of Veterans Affairs and spending on a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The congressional leadership also wants a compromise agreement on COVID-19 relief funds, which will be annexed to the omnibus law. While momentum has grown for a $900 billion package introduced last week with bipartisan support from two chambers, hurdles remain when it comes to protecting corporate liability that Senate Republicans have insisted on respecting. The deal, confirmed by consultants familiar with the discussions, resolves a partisan impasse over how about $1.4 trillion in discretionary spending will be allocated for fiscal 2021, which will be authorized as part of a two-year budget deal. Details of the actual compromise allocations, which generally remain confidential until the publication of the legislation, were not immediately available. The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed emergency funding bill 343-67 that would give lawmakers an extra week to draft year-round spending legislation and avoid a government ceasefire at the end of this month. The July version of the House of Representatives` fiscal year 2021 spending laws and the Senate`s budget measures released this month have different endowments.
Democrats decided to allocate more resources to the departments of veterans, homeland affairs, EPA, transportation and housing, and urban development, while Republicans proposed more resources for defense, homeland security, energy, and the Army of Engineers. Discussions have also taken place to add some pandemic-related spending to the package, with the exception of the large stimulus package requested by the Democrats. Asked if congressional leaders would introduce the bill on Tuesday, Shelby said, “It depends on the work they can do tonight.” Fiscal policy officials in the House of Representatives and Senate have reached an agreement on the amount of high-end funding for each of the 12 spending laws that Congress must pass each year. Most federal agencies will receive a funding boost as part of a two-year budget deal reached in 2019, but the exact details are still being negotiated with the COVID-19 relief plan. WASHINGTON —Congressional leaders said they would move closer to an agreement on a new coronavirus aid plan and showed progress after months of efforts to authorize more aid. Hopes of closing the deal by last week were dashed after minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., continued to oppose the $12.5 billion in veterans` health money continuing to be removed from budget caps. This money pays off for a program that gives Veterans access to private medical care outside of the VA system if wait times are too long or if Veterans live too far from institutions goes. With the two sides failing to agree on a larger spending deal and a possible economic discharge law, lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved a week-long temporary funding measure to avoid a government ceasefire before a Friday deadline expires. .