Appropriations Update: September 24

Appropriations Update: September 24

The Senate completed action on the Interior-Environment bill today and turned its attention to the DOD appropriations bill (H.R. 3326). No votes are scheduled tomorrow (Friday) and Monday is Yom Kippur and the Senate will not be in session.

Meanwhile, House and Senate conferees on the FY2010 Legislative Branch appropriations bill (H.R. 2918) agreed to add a one-month Continuing Resolution (CR) for the rest of the government to that bill instead of moving a separate measure. The “Leg Branch” bill is expected to be approved before the new fiscal year starts next Thursday (October 1). The House is expected to take it up tomorrow.

According to Congress Daily (subscription required), the CR —

  • funds most government programs at FY09 levels through the end of October, with a few exceptions such as veterans’ health care and the Census Bureau;
  • includes a provision barring federal funding for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN);
  • includes language to help cover a budget shortfall by allowing the Postal Service to reduce
    payments designed to prefund retiree health benefits; and
  • extends various authorizations, including surface and aviation transportation programs.

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