Last week, the House focused on their budget plan. The House Budget Committee approved a fiscal 2017 budget resolution by a 20-16 vote. The budget provides $1.07 trillion in discretionary spending for fiscal year 2017 and proposes deep cuts to non-defense discretionary and entitlement programs in the years ahead. Many fiscal conservatives in the chamber oppose the budget, believing it calls for far too much spending; some members who passed it out of committee indicated they would oppose it on the floor. The budget may see floor action this week, but leadership is unsure if they can garner enough votes. Progress will continue on the appropriations process as well, with a number of hearings scheduled.
Last week, the Senate focused President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, a chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Senate Republicans quickly stated they would not budge on their position and allow hearings or votes on the Garland. A small number of Senate Republicans have suggested they may move on Garland's nomination during the lame duck session following the November election if Hillary Clinton is elected President.
The Senate is out for the next two weeks for their Spring Break, but the House will be in session next week.