December 19, 2011
Avoiding yet another threat of government shutdown, the Senate on Saturday approved the FY12 conference report after the House adopting it Friday. The final package completes the work on the FY12 appropriations bills. It includes the text of the underlying Military Construction-VA bill and eight other spending measures: Defense, Energy-Water, Financial Services, Homeland Security, Interior-Environment, Labor-HHS-Education, Legislative Branch, and State-Foreign Operations. The President is expected to sign this bill sometime this week. In November, a smaller package containing the other three annual spending bills was enacted (Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Financial Services). See our December 15th posting for information how programs will be funded for the year.
As an aside, it had been reported that the final FY12 deal included an across-the-board cut of 1.8 percent to provide for disaster funding. That legislation, however, was not approved so there will not be an across-the-board cut for FY12.
The Office of Federal Relations is signing off for the year. We will resume posting to this blog after the New Year. Happy Holidays!