No FY18 Budget Markup June 19 Week: Spokesman

By Jonathan Nicholson

The House Budget Committee doesn’t plan on marking up a draft fiscal year 2018 budget resolution during the June 19 week, a panel spokesman said, potentially pushing the budget time frame to July.

House Republican leaders had hoped a markup could happen in coming days and had originally planned a June 16 party conference to discuss the issue in advance of the committee’s action. But the shooting of GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) June 14 and the subsequent decision by party leaders to let lawmakers go home early that week meant the budget discussion has been postponed to June 21.

In addition, Budget Chairman Diane Black (R-Tenn.) has been in talks with leaders of the House Freedom Caucus on fiscal 2018 appropriations levels and the format of reconciliation instructions in the resolution. The instructions will provide filibuster immunity to follow-on legislation.

While a House Budget markup this week was seen as unlikely, the decision to delay leaves Republicans with a potentially tough political choice—push committee and floor action on the budget into an already crowded July legislative agenda, or try to mark up the resolution in the last week of June, which would mean a floor vote wouldn’t occur until July. Lawmakers have a one-week break to observe the July 4 holiday that Democrats could use to rally opposition to the resolution if Republicans take the latter course.

Across the Capitol, a spokesman for the Senate Budget Committee said June 19 no timeline was set for marking up a resolution there, either.

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