House to consider ‘security’ spending bill before recess
© Greg Nash

The House is expected to consider a huge spending bill next week mostly for agencies protecting national security before it leaves for its month-long August recess. 

The legislation will only provide funding for defense, the Energy Department, legislative branch operations and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  


“It is vital that we demonstrate our commitment to America’s men and women in uniform and uphold our Constitutional duty to provide for the common defense. Therefore, this appropriations package will focus on meeting our nation’s security needs,” read an announcement from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) office on Tuesday. 

The announcement comes after GOP leaders had begun talking to their members about doing an omnibus spending bill that would cover the entire federal government for the next fiscal year.

Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to pass a funding measure to prevent a shutdown.

The parts of the federal government that would be funded through next week’s package are usually areas where it is easier to find bipartisan consensus.

Other federal programs won’t be as easy for lawmakers to agree on — and this could be why Republicans decided against a larger omnibus package. 

For example, the House Appropriations Committee earlier Tuesday advanced a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that includes $1.6 billion to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall promised by President Trump during the campaign. 

Democrats uniformly oppose building the wall, as do some Republicans. 

Passing the limited spending package next week before leaving town will give the House an opportunity to lay down a marker before the government funding debate starts in earnest in September.