Remaining Nine Spending Bills Likely to Be Wrapped into Omnibus
Despite the relative ease with which the Senate was able to advance a “minibus” for three of the government’s 12 fiscal 2012 spending bills, the most likely scenario for clearing the remaining measures, including military construction and defense, is a nine-bill omnibus.
Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, described the strategy Wednesday as the Rules Committee discussed the chamber’s procedure for voting on the Agriculture/Commerce-Justice-Science/Transportation-HUD minibus that was approved in conference committee Monday, reported CQ Today. The House and Senate are each expected to adopt the package — which includes a continuing resolution keeping the government open through Dec. 16 — this week.
After completing work on the initial minibus, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) encountered opposition Tuesday when he tried to gain the Senate’s unanimous consent to debate a second, three-bill package. The setback left Reid with few options for advancing the measure, according to CQ.
Rogers would like to finish work on the larger omnibus before the next continuing resolution runs out. He said he does not want to resort to a full-year continuing resolution to pass the remainder of the spending measures, as Congress was forced to do this spring to finish the FY 2011 spending cycle.