Federal Relations

May 27, 2009

Legislative Outlook

The House and Senate are adjourned for Memorial Day Recess and will reconvene next week. It is expected that the various House Appropriations subcommittee will begin markups of FY10 spending bills when the chambers recovene. House leaders want to pass all 12 fiscal 2010 appropriations bills before the start of the August recess, leaving eight weeks of session to complete their work. Senate leaders also seek to move appropriations bills to conclusion by the August recess. However, if recent history is a guide, Senate consideration of FY10 appropriations bills will spill into the fall. In addition to FY10 appropriations, Congressional leaders also want to pass an overhaul of the health care insurance system overhaul, student aid reform, and climate change legislation by year’s end.