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Continuing Resolution Maintains Funding While Congress Works on FY2010 Spending Bills

On October 29, the House passed, 247-178, the conference report for the FY2010 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies spending bill (H.R. 2996). The Senate passed the bill, 72-28, later that day. The current continuing resolution (P.L. 111-68) expires on October 31 (see The Source, 10/2/09).

The measure contains a provision to extend until December 15 FY2009 funding levels for the outstanding appropriations bills: Defense; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services and General Government; Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Military Construction, Veterans’ Affairs; and State, Foreign Operations.

While the House has passed all 12 of its FY2010 appropriations bills, the Senate still must act on five of the measures. To date, Congress has completed work on four bills – Agriculture, Energy and Water, Homeland Security, and Legislative Branch; the Interior and Environment bill would be the fifth. The Defense and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development spending bills await conferences to resolve differences between House and Senate versions of each bill.

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