Military budget bills set to move ahead, but shutdown threat looms

Two major pieces of military budget legislation are expected to be on the move this week, but whether either will help stave off fears of a looming government shutdown at the end of the month remains unclear.

House Republican leaders have said they hope to debate the annual Defense Department appropriations bill on the chamber floor this week. Passing the $826 billion plan for fiscal 2024 before the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30) would prevent any budget lapse for department operations, but is seen as a long shot considering Senate Democrats’ opposition to some provisions in the measure.

The timeline for voting on the bill is also uncertain. House Rules Committee members still need to sort through more than 330 amendments to the bill for floor consideration.

Senate leaders have similarly unveiled plans to consider a series of appropriations bills starting this week, to include the military construction and Veterans Affairs budgets for fiscal 2024. Passing those in the next few weeks could also help jumpstart broader budget talks between the chambers, but is unlikely to come in time to solve the shutdown threat.

Lawmakers have until the end of the month to pass all of their funding bills for next year or a short-term budget extension measure. If not, the funding lapse will trigger a partial government shutdown which could furlough hundreds of thousands of federal workers and delay paychecks for military members.

Tuesday, Sept. 12

House Homeland Security — 9:15 a.m. — 9/11 Memorial Museum, N.Y.
National Security Threats
Committee members will hold a field hearing to discuss current and evolving national security threats.

Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — G-50 Dirksen
Nominations
The committee will consider the nomination of Gen. David Allvin to serve as Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

House Appropriations — 9:30 a.m. — Capitol H-143
VA Electronic Health Records
Department officials will deliver an update on the latest progress and challenges with the new electronic health records modernization project.

House Oversight — 2 p.m. — 2154 Rayburn
Iran
State Department officials will testify on current administration strategy towards Iran.

Thursday, Sept. 14

Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — G-50 Dirksen
Nominations
The committee will consider the nomination of Adm. Lisa Franchetti to serve as Chief of Naval Operations.

House Veterans' Affairs — 10:30 a.m. — 360 Cannon
VA Electronic Health Records
Department officials will deliver an update on the latest progress and challenges with the new electronic health records modernization project.