Minibus Spending Measure Passes Senate

November 2, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

Finally, some movement on the fiscal year 2012 budget. The Senate passed a “minibus” package yesterday that included three of the twelve appropriations bills. Specifically the measure contains Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture.

The Ferguson Group has a synopsis of the Senate bill here and Politico gives a good rundown of the forces at play leading up to the vote (spoiler alert: an effort by conservatives to attach discretionary spending cuts for rural programs to the bill failed).

The House may conference on the minibus as early as tomorrow, according to the schedule released by the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and news reports.

There is some pressure on Congress to keep these appropriations bills moving before the current temporary measure funding the government expires on Nov. 18. Stay tuned for other minibus moves.


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