The House and Senate are set to pass a sweeping package of federal spending bills next week that will be unveiled next week to begin a two-week, five-week shutdown.
But the two-day event is expected to be overshadowed by the political fallout over the massive spending bill.
The GOP-led House is expected next week and the Senate is expected in the coming days to approve a $1 trillion bill that will fund the government through the end of the year and includes nearly $800 trillion in new spending.
The new spending package will also include a $5 trillion increase in the national debt, which has been at a record $19 trillion since the end the 2010 debt limit crisis.
And the bill will also increase the military budget to $1,550 billion.
But Republicans say the $800-billion infrastructure spending is needed to make sure the nation can continue to operate and that the bill is needed for the economy to recover.
It will also be a boon for Democrats, who have been pressing Republicans to fund a $2.2 trillion stimulus package that would make up for the billions of dollars lost to the shutdown and fund public works projects across the country.
The Senate’s plan, which would give $1 for every $1 of spending, has been dubbed the “Gutting America’s Infrastructure Act” by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which is expected on Thursday to formally introduce it as a standalone bill.
The $1-for-1 infrastructure bill is a significant win for the Democratic Party.
A bipartisan spending bill passed in March that includes $1 in every $2 of spending on roads, bridges, schools, airports and other infrastructure was widely seen as the most popular package passed by Congress since President Barack Obama took office.
But there are also signs that the party may be more receptive to the $1 infrastructure spending bill after a series of defeats in the House in the past two weeks.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been pushing for a $300 billion infrastructure package since the government shutdown began, while Rep. Steve Scalise, R.I., who was killed by a gunman in Alexandria, Va., last week, has repeatedly pushed for a bill to make $800 billions available for road construction.
Both Democrats and Republicans have been reluctant to support the $700 billion highway bill.
But the House and the White House are set next week for a vote on a $800bn infrastructure bill that would provide $700bn for the construction of highway overpasses, bridges and tunnels, $200bn for highways and other public works and $60bn for road and bridge rehabilitation.
Democrats are pushing for the $300-billion highway bill because it is the only bill they have seen that includes the infrastructure investment in the stimulus package.
Democrats say the legislation would be a major win for Democrats as the country heads into the second half of fiscal year 2018, which starts on Oct. 1.
Democrats have also been pressing for the transportation bill, which includes a $3 trillion spending package to repair and expand roads, airports, ports, bridges as well as bridges to the ocean.
That measure, which the House passed last month, has also been viewed as a major victory by Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McCarthy, R–Wash., has said he will introduce the highway bill next week, though some Republican leaders are skeptical.
The House and President Donald Trump will likely hold another debate over the $600-billion federal-aid package that includes highway and transit improvements and grants to states and municipalities.
The $600 billion package is expected this week to be introduced and voted on by the House as an amendment to the Senate version of the spending bill that is expected by mid-October.
Republicans, who control the House, Senate and the Oval Office, are expected to approve the highway and transportation bill next Tuesday.