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Report: Senate Plans to Merge Defense Spending Bill With HHS-Labor-Education Measure

Senate lawmakers plan to combine into one package the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill and the FY 2019 spending measure for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, Bloomberg Government reported Monday.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said he believes the White House would back the move to combine those two spending bills.

“If they’re not against it, you can kind of see their support. … Maybe in different degrees,” Shelby told reporters.

The report said the proposed two-bill package would represent approximately $850 billion of the fiscal 2019 discretionary spending worth between $1.2 trillion and $1.3 trillion.

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