Skip to content
More from
Bloomberg
Politics
relates to Xi Seeks to ‘Manage Differences’ as He Congratulates Biden
relates to Iran Says British-Australian Academic Freed for 3 Iranians relates to Biden Considers TIAA’s Ferguson to Lead His Economic Council relates to U.S. Rejects Controversial Alaska Pebble Gold, Copper Mine relates to Trump Pardons Michael Flynn, Ex-National Security Adviser relates to Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party Is Burning Bridges With China relates to Biden, Trump Deliver Starkly Contrasting Messages on Holiday Eve relates to Pennsylvania Slams Judge’s ‘Overreach’ in Certification Ruling relates to Trump Calls Into Pennsylvania Event, Urges Overturning Election relates to Sunak’s U.K. Foreign Aid Cut Sparks Backlash in Johnson’s Tories relates to Xi Seeks to ‘Manage Differences’ as He Congratulates Biden
relates to Iran Says British-Australian Academic Freed for 3 Iranians relates to Biden Considers TIAA’s Ferguson to Lead His Economic Council relates to U.S. Rejects Controversial Alaska Pebble Gold, Copper Mine relates to Trump Pardons Michael Flynn, Ex-National Security Adviser relates to Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party Is Burning Bridges With China relates to Biden, Trump Deliver Starkly Contrasting Messages on Holiday Eve relates to Pennsylvania Slams Judge’s ‘Overreach’ in Certification Ruling relates to Trump Calls Into Pennsylvania Event, Urges Overturning Election relates to Sunak’s U.K. Foreign Aid Cut Sparks Backlash in Johnson’s Tories relates to Xi Seeks to ‘Manage Differences’ as He Congratulates Biden
relates to Iran Says British-Australian Academic Freed for 3 Iranians relates to Biden Considers TIAA’s Ferguson to Lead His Economic Council relates to U.S. Rejects Controversial Alaska Pebble Gold, Copper Mine relates to Trump Pardons Michael Flynn, Ex-National Security Adviser relates to Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party Is Burning Bridges With China relates to Biden, Trump Deliver Starkly Contrasting Messages on Holiday Eve relates to Pennsylvania Slams Judge’s ‘Overreach’ in Certification Ruling relates to Trump Calls Into Pennsylvania Event, Urges Overturning Election relates to Sunak’s U.K. Foreign Aid Cut Sparks Backlash in Johnson’s Tories

Photographer: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Politics

Roadblock Develops to U.S. Spending Bill Over Veterans Funding

Roadblock Develops to U.S. Spending Bill Over Veterans Funding

  • Bill needed to avoid Dec. 11 shutdown in jeopardy over demands
  • Senate GOP, House Democrats want VA funds exempt from cap
relates to Roadblock Develops to U.S. Spending Bill Over Veterans Funding

Photographer: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Congressional efforts to pass a $1.4 trillion spending bill funding the federal government before a Dec. 11 shutdown deadline may be in trouble after new demands from the Trump administration.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday demanded cuts to domestic spending as part of the bill, which could jeopardize the ability of Congress to complete the measure, according to people familiar with the situation.

Mnuchin and the White House have raised an objection to a plan by Senate Republicans and House Democrats to exempt $12.5 billion in Veterans Affairs funding from the $1.4 trillion budget cap established in a 2019 debt ceiling deal Mnuchin struck with Congress, the people said.

The funding is required for expanded health care for veterans under the VA Mission Act passed in 2018. If the money isn’t exempted from the budget cap, Congress would need to find $7 billion in cuts to other domestic spending this year, something Democrats oppose.

If the dispute hardens into an impasse, it could stymie the ability of Congress to pass a giant, full-year funding bill next month, the people said.

The U.S. has been operating on stopgap funding since fiscal 2021 began on Oct. 1. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell want to complete an omnibus bill to provide stable funding for the federal government through Sept. 30.

At this point, talks between the House and Senate appropriations committees await resolution of the VA funding issue. Only then can an outline for all 12 parts of the omnibus be completed, and talks on program-level disputes such as President Donald Trump’s border wall be entertained.

The White House and Treasury didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. The push on VA funding was first reported by The Washington Post.

— With assistance by Josh Wingrove