Better Luck Expected This Year Passing Spending Bills
Congress stands a relatively decent shot at passing spending bills before year’s end, in contrast to the standoff that forced the federal government to operate under a continuing resolution for half of the current fiscal year.
Appropriations for fiscal years that began in odd-numbered years since 2005 were completed by the end of December, notes CQ Today. Large omnibus spending packages typically were needed, however. And given the sharp differences over spending between the two chambers, an omnibus likely will be needed to clear some or all of the spending bills this go-around, according to the publication.
House appropriations panels could begin marking up fiscal year 2012 bills before the end of the month. Similarly, the Senate plans to pass all 12 of the spending bills needed to fund the federal government during the summer.