Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHoyer signals House vote on bill to 'remove' debt limit threat Biden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan MORE (R-Ky.) is moving the Senate toward wrapping up its first appropriations bill of the year.
The Senate's fiscal 2017 bill increases funding by $355 million over 2016 levels. That includes a $1.163 billion increase for the Department of Energy's defense-related programs but an $808 million decrease for the nondefense portions of the bill.
Democrats, however, have given no indication they're willing to oppose the legislation because of the White House's concerns.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), referring to the bipartisan support for the bill, said that with "continued cooperation we’ll have an opportunity to pass the first of these bills on the floor this week."
The Senate Republican leader has repeatedly said his top goal for 2016 is to pass the 12 appropriations bills.
If the Senate passes the legislation, it will still need to be merged with a House-version of the bill. House lawmakers can't take up spending bills until May 15 unless they first pass a budget.