spending limits

McConnell waiting on House and White House deal on spending caps
Without an agreement on limits, Senate appropriators don’t know how much they have to spend, majority leader says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is waiting for a final agreement on spending limits, which hinders Senate action on spending bills. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hinted Thursday that the Senate won’t set its own discretionary spending level and proceed with appropriations markups until a universal caps agreement is reached between House Democrats and the Trump administration.

“I support getting some kind of deal that can tell us how much we can spend so we can go forward,” McConnell said. “The two key players in any caps deal are the speaker and the president. If they can agree on how much we can spend, then we are not spinning our wheels.”