On Capitol Hill last week, attention turned to Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations as the House and Senate convened a formal conference on a “minibus” bill which combines three appropriations bills: Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, Science; and Transportation, HUD. The meeting was the first joint conference on an appropriations bill since 2009.
While the House is in recess this week, staff members are expected to continue negotiations with the goal of considering a final agreement on the House floor next week.
The new fiscal year began Oct. 1 but none of the twelve FY 2012 appropriations bills have been enacted. Government agencies are currently being funded with a continuing resolution that expires Nov. 18.