So Far, House, Senate Aboard the ‘Minibus’
Congressional leaders in the House and Senate appear to favor moving fiscal 2012 spending bills in several smaller packages rather than in one comprehensive omnibus measure.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has not committed to one approach, but last Thursday said he is disinclined to consider going the omnibus route, reported CQ Today. Congressional leaders now are discussing how to divvy up $1.043 trillion in FY 2012 discretionary funds among each of the 12 spending bills.
The approach most likely would take longer than relying on a single omnibus, however, and as a result, could require lawmakers to pass at least one more continuing resolution before the current one runs out Nov. 18.
This week’s attempt by the Senate to take up a package of three spending bills — agriculture, commerce-justice-science and transportation-housing and urban development — could serve as a test case for the “minibus” strategy, according to CQ.