On Friday, the House of Representatives will vote on President Donald Trump’s proposed 2017 budget proposal.
In the Senate, the bill will be up for a vote, but that vote won’t be bipartisan.
While it does include $1.9 billion for aviation fuel, it also includes $100 million for the Department of Homeland Security to administer a pilot program that will be open to the public for a year, and a $3 billion package of infrastructure grants for projects that will have a major impact on communities of color.
All of that money will be earmarked for the aviation fuel pilot program, and the Department has been adamant that it will be bipartisan when it comes to getting the bill to the Senate floor.
That has led to some frustration from Republican senators, including Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas, who have argued that the aviation fund should not be bipartisan because it would be funded by the FAA, not the Department.
“We’re not going to be able to do that,” Lee told reporters on Friday.
“The aviation fuel program, it has been bipartisan.
We’re not even going to try.”
The FAA has been very clear about how they want to spend the money.
According to a letter from the FAA’s acting administrator, David Scott, the aviation program “is intended to be a pilot project that will serve as a model for other aviation initiatives.”
Scott added that the funds “will support critical aviation programs that are important to the nation’s security, including homeland security, aviation security, air traffic control, and aviation security in the United States.”
That is not what Republicans are saying when they criticize the aviation pilot program.
They’re arguing that it is bipartisan because the FAA is not using it for the pilot program; they’re using it to fund a new air traffic program that is separate from the aviation funding.
That is a major point of contention between the two chambers.
“There’s no way to do it with a bipartisan bill,” Rep. David Brat of Virginia, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, told Business Insider.
“It has to be done through a bipartisan budget.
It has to have a bipartisan approach to it.”
Republicans also point to other funding provisions in the aviation bill, which include the Department’s funding of the White House, the State Department, and several other federal agencies.
They argue that these funding streams are not being properly appropriated, which would be a violation of the Budget Control Act, the law that sets budgets for federal agencies and programs.
“That’s why I’m calling on the White Congress to get this right, because the American people deserve a clean, bipartisan budget that provides for the national security and economic well-being of the country,” Rep .
Marsha Blackburn, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, said.
“As soon as we have a clean and bipartisan budget, we can get on with the real business of making sure that the United Kingdom and Europe and other countries that are really important to our national security are not at the mercy of the FAA.”
That has made it very clear that the administration is not willing to compromise in the budget fight, and that the budget plan is going to go to the floor.
“This budget is not bipartisan,” Rep Joe Barton of Texas said on the Senate Floor on Thursday.
“I don’t think anybody wants to be in the position of having to negotiate with the president on a budget that has nothing to do with the budget, because he’s a phony.”
On Friday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, took the issue to the House floor, asking members of both chambers to “immediately stop the budget debate.”
“We are in the middle of an epic battle between Congress and the White Houses Budget Committee, which is working overtime to undermine the authority of the Executive Branch to manage the nation,” McConnell said in a statement.
“Today’s budget plan from the president’s budget director is a clear attempt to undermine our ability to keep the peace in America and the economy is in deep trouble.
The budget director’s proposal is simply not a fair and balanced approach to managing our national debt.
The president’s proposal fails to adequately fund critical programs and threatens our economy and national security.”
The White House and the Congressional Budget Office are expected to release their analysis of the administration’s budget proposal on Tuesday, and it will likely be an issue for the budget battle to come back up again later in the year.