Lawmakers, White House strike new deal on spending

By Manuel Quiñones | 03/19/2024 06:34 AM EDT

The agreement paves the way for the release of six remaining fiscal 2024 bills.

Karine Jean-Pierre.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in February. On Monday, she said the administration was working to avoid a shutdown but also to secure funds for the Department of Homeland Security. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Leaders on Capitol Hill and the White House have struck a deal on Department of Homeland Security spending for fiscal 2024, a development that might help avoid a shutdown this coming weekend.

Appropriators were hoping to release the six-bill minibus last weekend to wrap up Congress’ work for the current fiscal year, but disagreements related to immigration derailed progress.

Those issues are now resolved, said a senior aide familiar with the situation who was granted anonymity to speak candidly. The minibus should emerge in the coming days, said the aide.


Still, Congress will be cutting it close. House rules require lawmakers get 72 hours to review legislation. And Senate conservatives want to delay passage of the package.