The House and Senate will negotiate several provisions curbing federal powers on campaign finance that were tacked onto the House’s $1.2 trillion spending package earlier this month.
The Senate is not expected to pass the bill in its current form, however, and lawmakers and aides have said appropriations talks will likely be on hold as appropriators await bipartisan budget talks that will give them better numbers to fund favored programs. A bicameral appropriations deal must be reached and signed by the president before Dec. 8, when government funds are set to expire.
Before the House spending package cleared the chamber Sept. 14, Republican leaders attached a handful of money-in-politics riders onto a measure funding the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Election Commission, and Securities and Exchange Commission. The package (H.R. 3354) passed on a mostly party-line, 211-198 vote Sept. 14.
Fred Wertheimer, president of nonprofit Democracy 21, told Bloomberg BNA in a phone interview he hopes grassroots opposition to some of the campaign finance riders would encourage Senate Democrats to fight against the riders.