On Capitol Hill this week, attention is turning to a continuing resolution (CR). Because Congress will not complete the appropriations process before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, a CR is necessary to prevent a government shutdown.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) introduced a proposal last week to fund the government through Nov. 18 using the $1.043 trillion level included in the law increasing the debt limit.
The Rogers proposal would also provide $3.65 billion for disaster relief, including $1 billion for FY 2011 that is paid for with offsets. Democrats have argued that offsets should not be required for emergency funding, and the Senate last week passed a bill to fund disaster relief without offsets.
Also last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bills for Defense; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services and General Government; and the Legislative Branch.
CR Proposed by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers
Statement by House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Norm Dicks
Status of Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations
Senate Appropriations Committee
House Appropriations Committee