House could consider omnibus next week

An omnibus spending package funding the government through next September is expected to hit the House floor next week, House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing told The Hill.

Hing said negotiators made significant progress over the Thanksgiving holiday in crafting a full omnibus bill, which would include appropriations for the entire government.

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House GOP leaders have come under pressure to include measures in the omnibus that would undermine President Obama's executive actions on immigration that gave legal status to millions of immigrants. 

Ideas floated by lawmakers include a bill denying funds to the agencies that would carry out the actions, and moving a "cromnibus" that would consist of an omnibus measure for most of the government, but a shorter-term continuing resolution for agencies carrying out the immigration actions.

Hing declined to say whether House GOP leadership is leaning toward the full omnibus or some other measure to fund the government.

“No final decisions on timing or details have been made,” she said. 

GOP leadership aides also confirmed no decisions have been made yet.

“We have no decision to announce at this time. I’m sure it will be a topic of discussion at the Member Conference meeting tomorrow,” said Michael Steel, communications director for Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility MORE (R-Ohio).

The House GOP Conference is set to meet for the first time since the Thanksgiving recess on Tuesday.

Hing also could not say whether appropriators plan to fulfill two White House emergency funding requests — $6.2 billion for the effort to combat Ebola and $5.6 billion for the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

A senior GOP leadership aide confirmed to The Hill that House Republican leaders have reserved floor time this week to move legislation responding to Obama’s immigration order. 

It’s unclear whether that legislation would be tied to funding.

As lawmakers left Washington for Thanksgiving, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said it would be impossible to defund Obama’s immigration order because the agency responsible for implementing it is funded through fees and not congressional appropriations.

Conservatives have contested that claim and have argued a rider can be attached to a spending bill that would shift the authority to Congress. 

Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsTrump hopes for boost from Brexit vote GOP senators: Brexit vote a wake-up call Sessions warns of 'radical' Clinton immigration policy MORE (R-Ala.) reportedly asked the Congressional Research Service to look into the matter, which concluded that Congress could still limit the use of funds. 

Lawmakers must pass a new spending bill by next Friday.