House Republicans may vote on a massive fiscal 2018 spending bill before leaving for the August recess.
Lawmakers have been surveying the GOP conference to determine if they have the 218 votes needed to pass the measure, which would combine all 12 appropriations measures needed to fund the federal government next year. The House whip team surveyed lawmakers returning to the Capitol Monday evening.
"I think having a consolidated appropriations bill is something we've talked about doing and looked at, and actually it was pretty well received," Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a member of the House GOP whip team, said Tuesday.
The measure would have to pass entirely with GOP support because Democrats are unlikely to vote for the bill, which will include provisions and spending cuts they oppose. A GOP leadership aide said a vote is not assured at this point.
"The hope is it would be as soon as possible assuming the votes are there," the aide said. "That is the question we are trying to determine."
House committees have been approving appropriations measures at a rapid pace, but are behind schedule when it comes to floor consideration.
Passing all 12 measures in one bill would significantly speed up a process that normally drags into the fall.
The House-passed bill would not be the final word on government spending for fiscal 2018, however. The Senate has not dealt with appropriations measures yet, and the GOP-led upper chamber cannot pass anything without cooperation from Democrats, who can filibuster spending measures.
Republicans leaders said they anticipate the 2018 government budget will be funded via a broad spending deal with Democrats later this year.