Recissions

White House keeping foreign aid spending on a tight leash
Funding plan apportions roughly 2 percent of the remaining funds per day for the remainder of the fiscal year

Last month, the White House considered permanently canceling the funding, but President Donald Trump balked after pushback from top GOP officials on Capitol Hill as well as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The White House is slowly releasing its previous hold on State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development funds that lapse after Sept. 30, according to sources familiar with the move. But the agencies still could face difficulty spending it all before the deadline.

The Office of Management and Budget has required that the remaining funds in 10 accounts be “apportioned,” or parceled out, in one-quarter increments on the first four Sundays in September. Last month, the White House considered permanently canceling the funding, but President Donald Trump balked after pushback from top GOP officials on Capitol Hill as well as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Podcast: Minibus, Rescission Package Go to Senate, But Can They Pass?
CQ Budget, Episode 64

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said of the rescissions package: “It’s going nowhere.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House moved two big appropriations packages — a bundle of spending bills and a measure to cancel almost $15 billion already allocated — but their future remains uncertain amid Democratic opposition,  says CQ Budget and Appropriations Editor Peter Cohn.

 

Podcast: House-Senate Tussle Over Spending Bills
CQ Budget, Episode 62

The Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)