House and Senate appropriations members are close to an agreement on their $900 billion-or-so “megabus” appropriations deal on the remaining nine FY12 bills. Agreement has been reached on all but two of the remaining nine bills: Labor-HHS-ED and Interior-Environment. There’s still a chance that the conferees will reach enough of an impasse on those two that they’ll propose a special CR just for them lasting until September 2012 (end of the federal fiscal year), while coming to a comprehensive agreement on the other seven. We hope to see that draft later today or early tomorrow. The House will take action on Wednesday followed by Senate action on Friday – probably just hours before the current continuing resolution (CR) expires at midnight.
December 12, 2011