Senate moves forward with H.R.268, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019

Senate moves forward with H.R.268, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) thanked President Donald Trump for "breaking the gridlock" on the legislation. (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

From Washington, DC, this is On the Hill. Doug Christian reporting.

CAPITOL HILL – The Senate is scheduled to convene at 3 p.m. and will resume consideration of H.R.268, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019.

The Senate’s summary of this bill says that it “provides $12.1 billion in FY2019 supplemental appropriations to several federal departments and agencies for expenses related to the consequences of recent wildfires, hurricanes, volcanos, earthquakes, typhoons, and other natural disasters.”

The summary continues:

“The funding provided by this bill is designated as emergency spending, which is exempt from discretionary spending limits and other budget enforcement rules.”

The bill’s appropriations will affect a wide range of agencies, including the:

Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Interior, Energy, Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, Health and Human Services, Labor, Education, the Government Accountability Office, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Urban Development.

From a procedural standpoint, there will be two votes to invoke cloture on this bill and an adjoining supplemental bill sponsored by Alabama Republican Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). Cloture is a parliamentary means to limit debate and prevent filibuster on Senate resolutions. It was first introduced into Senate proceedings in 1917 to halt debate on the Versailles Treaty.

After cloture is invoked, it must mature or “ripen” for two days. Thus if cloture is invoked on a Monday, it will be implemented on Wednesday.

One bill where cloture was invoked late last week, S.Res. 50: A resolution to speed up nominations in the Senate, will ripen at 2:15 PM tomorrow.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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