In the wake of the Congressional midterm elections and a dust up over appropriations in September that resulted in a continuing resolution, Democrats are once again seeking to pass a spending bill.
The Hill reports that Democrats are looking to pass a compromise omnibus spending bill between $1.106 and $1.108 trillion, which is $20 billion less than the White House had requested.
Still, some Republicans are having none of it.
In a letter, House Appropriations Ranking Republican Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) reiterated his strong opposition to any omnibus spending bill Democrats might try to pass in the “lame duck” session of Congress before new members are sworn in.
The compromise amount, formulated by Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) would result in a 0.7 percent increase in nondefense discretionary spending and a 1.5 percent increase in defense spending.
Some Democrats are angered over the compromise, arguing that federal spending must increase in precarious economic times to stimulate the economy.
Republicans, however, made cutting spending, including plans to return discretionary spending to 2008 levels, a part of their election agenda, The Hill reports.
But the likeliest scenario going forward is another continuing resolution carrying over until the early part of 2011 when the incoming class of Republican senators and representatives will be seated, Federal News Radio reports.