Some Republican lawmakers believe that the veterans’ funding should be counted as non-emergency spending, which would prevent further increases in spending elsewhere. Congressional Democrats have insisted the veterans’ funding be excluded from non-discretionary spending. In 2019, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin disagreed over whether to count the veterans’ funding against the caps for nondefense spending. A White House spokesman declined a request to comment. ADIt was unclear how seriously the rift over the veterans’ spending issue complicates negotiations to avert a government shutdown.
Source: Washington Post November 21, 2020 11:04 UTC