WASHINGTON – On Feb. 23, House Democratic leaders released a $410 billion omnibus package that, if approved, would extend authorization through the end of the fiscal year for the Homeland Security Department's E-Verify program, according to the American Meat Institute. This program allows employers to electronically check the citizenship status of employees.

As early as Feb. 25, the package could be considered by the House. It also includes the nine spending bills Congress has not approved.

Most federal programs are being funded by a continuing resolution, which expires March 6. It must be extended if Congress cannot pass the omnibus bill by that date.

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