Tuesday, September 22, 2009

House To Vote On Spending Stopgap Wednesday

Tuesday the House Rules Committee will consider a 30 day stopgap spending bill so the federal government will have money to continue operating beyond the September 30 end of the fiscal year. The House floor vote is expected Wednesday and the Senate should act on the measure before Wednesday, September 30. This will give Congress another month to finish the appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2010.

The House has passed all 12 appropriations bills, but the Senate has acted on only five of them, and there have been no votes on conference committee reports. Conferees are expected to begin their work on appropriations measures later this week. Furthermore, an extension of three months is expected so both houses can finish work on a three year extension of air traffic control improvement funding, and various House and Senate leaders are still bickering over whether the temporary extension for the six year highway trust fund legislation should be three months or 18 months.
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