Omnibus Agreement to Prevent Government Shutdown
The threat of a federal shutdown likely has been averted after lawmakers struck a deal Thursday night over the omnibus covering nine fiscal 2012 spending bills, reported the Hill newspaper.
Appropriators from both parties expressed confidence that the House and Senate would approve the conference agreement Friday before the current continuing resolution funding most federal agencies runs out.
The omnibus includes annual spending measures for military construction and veterans affairs, and defense. House and Senate conferees reportedly reached agreement on the omnibus earlier in the week, but Democrat conferees held off signing the conference agreement to force Republicans to stay in Washington to negotiate a deal to extend a one-year reduction in payroll taxes.
Senate leaders from both parties appeared to be making progress negotiating a compromise to extend the payroll tax reduction, ending the impasse.