Spending Bonanza Heads to Senate Floor: Podcast

CQ Budget, Episode 73

Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., speaks with reporters last month. The Senate is expected to return this week and begin considering a roughly $857 billion fiscal 2019 spending package. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate will attempt to pass the two biggest spending bills of the year in one fell swoop. Consideration of the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education bills could begin this week (senators are expected back on Wednesday).

CQ’s Kellie Mejdrich explains why the package could prove to be a heavy lift. 

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