"Lawmakers Brace For Last-Ditch Fight Over Riders, Cuts"

"House Republicans on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to fight for conservative policy riders in fiscal 2024 spending bills, incensing Democratic appropriators and raising the specter of yet another funding stopgap — or a partial shutdown.

With a top-line spending deal in hand, House and Senate leaders are now scrambling to outline funding totals for each of the 12 appropriations bills and pass the first four before Jan. 19. After that date, certain agencies — including the departments of Energy and Agriculture — would run out of money.

Lawmakers say it’s not enough time, and Speaker Mike Johnson’s pledge to try to inject conservative policies into those bills could plunge the already messy appropriations process into further disarray."

Andres Picon reports for E&E News January 10, 2024.

Source: E&E News, 01/11/2024