Most members of Congress will not be back in D.C. until after Labor Day, but House leadership is taking steps to move appropriations bills forward. The House Rules Committee posted a package of eight appropriations bills on Aug. 16 and has set an Aug. 25 deadline to submit amendments. The House could have a floor vote when lawmakers return at the beginning of September. The package of remaining non-defense funding bills includes the FY 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development spending bill. Congressional Republicans are also still planning to produce a tax reform plan that can be voted on in 2017. As NHC has previously reported, the fall of 2017 could be very eventful in terms of spending and tax legislation.