Tuesday, December 15, 2009

House & Senate Agree to Formal Conference On Appropriations Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate conferees have agreed to a $446.8 billion omnibus appropriations bill (HR 3288). This ‘omnibus’ legislation includes the Transportation-HUD appropriations measure as well as the Commerce-Justice-Science, Financial Services, Labor-Health and Human Services, Milcon-VA, and State-Foreign Operations bills. Only five FY 2010 appropriations bills have been signed by the president and government agencies funded by the remaining seven are currently covered by a Continuing Resolution set to expire on December 18. The Transportation-HUD appropriations bill was passed by the House on July 23 and by the Senate on September 17.

The House and Senate will attempt to pass the compromise legislation by December 18 in order to avoid another continuing resolution. The Defense Appropriations bill (HR 3326) is being held in reserve as a vehicle for other end-of-session Democratic priorities, including aid for the unemployed and other expiring policies

 By: Cheryl McAfee- December 10, 2009

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