03/23/2018 - The U.S. Senate passed the $1.3 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through September 30. The 2018 federal omnibus appropriations bill would increase funding for the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture where many nutrition and health programs are administered.
The president was expected to sign the bill to avoid a government shutdown beginning on March 24, but the morning of March 23 President Trump tweeted that he is considering a veto of the legislation.
Members of Congress left Capitol Hill for a two-week recess after each respective chamber voted.