If Omnibus is Delayed, Don’t Blame Military Spending
Of the nine fiscal 2012 spending measures House and Senate appropriators need to finish negotiating, the two that allocate funding for the military, defense and military construction, are in very good shape.
The defense spending bill is within days of being completed and milcon already has been finished, reported CQ Today. Many of the other measures require contentious policy issues and disputes over funding for specific programs to be settled. At this point, lawmakers still remain hopeful they can finish their work on the nine-bill omnibus before the current continuing resolution expires Dec. 16.
Under one scenario being considered, appropriators would hold the conference committee for milcon and veterans affairs, the only standalone FY 2012 spending measure approved by both houses. Leaders then would attach the remaining bills to the conference agreement for milcon and send it to each chamber for final approval, according to CQ.
A less likely option calls for splitting up the package into multiple parts.