House lawmakers are expected to combine the fiscal 2019 defense spending measure with appropriations bills for the departments of Health and Human Services,Â LaborÂ andÂ EducationÂ in order to gain bipartisan support and pass the package before the current fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, Bloomberg Government reported Thursday.
âThey did it in the Senate. We donât have much choice,â Rep.Â Tom ColeÂ (R-Okla.), chairman of the House Appropriations Labor-HHS subcommittee, told reporters Wednesday.
âIf you want the defense bill, youâre going to have to deal with the `Labor-Hâ bill.â
The Senate passed in AugustÂ a package of appropriations bills that would earmark $854B in fiscal 2019 funds for the four departments.
The report said lawmakers aim to approve up to nine appropriations measures by the end of this month and tackle the remaining bills after the midterm elections in November, including the homeland security bill that contains funds for the proposed border wall.