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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 21, 2009:

Appropriations & Policy Updates


FY 2010 Appropriations

As the current Continuing Resolution expires on October 31 an extension or a second Continuing Resolution will be necessary. The additional time will permit the Senate to continue working on the 5 appropriation bills not yet passed (see list below). Currently under debate in the Senate is the Commerce, Justice and Science bill with a final vote expected the week of October 18.

To date, President Obama has signed 2 of the 12 appropriation bills into law including the Agriculture bill ($23.3 billion in discretionary spending) and the Legislative Branch bill ($4.6 billion), which included the CR. On October 15, the Senate passed by a vote of 80-17 the conference agreement on the Energy & Water appropriations bill ($33.5 billion); sending it to Obama for his signature. The fourth appropriations bill will soon be on its way for President Obama’s signature as the House passed the conference agreement for the Homeland Security bill ($42.7 billion) by a vote of 301-114 on October 15. House and Senate negotiators continue to work on reconciling differences between their versions of the FY 2010 Defense, Transportation/HUD, and the Interior & Environment bills.

With the health care reform bill taking center stage in the coming weeks, the Senate is working on passing as many appropriations bills as possible. Work will begin the week of October 18 on the second CR. An Omnibus bill for several remaining appropriation bills that may not pass under regular order due to time limitations is under discussion.

  Status of FY 2010 Appropriation Bills

HOUSE

Appropriatioins Subcommittee

Subcommittee Markup

Full Committee Markup

Floor Action

Agriculture

DONE (June 11)

DONE (June 18)

PASSED (July 9)

Commerce, Justice and Science

DONE (June 4)

DONE (June 9)

PASSED (June 18)

Defense

DONE (July 16)

DONE (July 22)

PASSED (July 30)

Energy & Water

DONE (June 25)

DONE (July 7)

PASSED (July 17)

Financial Services

DONE (June 25)

DONE (July 7)

PASSED (July 16)

Homeland Security

DONE (June 8)

DONE (June 12)

PASSED (June 24)

Interior & Environment

DONE (June 10)

DONE (June 18)

PASSED (June 26)

Labor, Health and Human Services

DONE (July 10)

DONE (July 17)

PASSED (July 24)

Legislative Branch

DONE (June 9)

DONE (June 12)

PASSED (June 19)

Military Construction/ Veterans Affairs

DONE (June 6)

DONE (June 23)

PASSED (July 10)

State & Foreign Operations

DONE (June 17)

DONE (June 23)

PASSED (July 9)

Transportation/Housing and Urban Development

DONE (July 13)

DONE (July 17)

PASSED (July 23)

Continuing Resolution

(Through October 31)

PASSED (Sept. 25)

SENATE

Appropriations Subcommittee

Subcommittee Markup

Full Committee Markup

Floor Action

Agriculture

DONE (July 7)

DONE (July 7)

PASSED (August 4)

Commerce, Justice and Science

DONE (June 24)

DONE (June 25)

Defense

DONE (Sept. 9)

DONE (Sept. 10)

PASSED (Oct. 6)

Energy & Water

DONE (July 8)

DONE (July 9)

PASSED (July 29)

Financial Services

DONE (July 8)

DONE (July 9)

Homeland Security

DONE (June 17)

DONE (June 18)

PASSED (July 9)

Interior & Environment

DONE (June 23)

DONE (June 25)

PASSED (Sept. 24)

Labor, Health and Human Services

DONE (July 28)

DONE (July 30)

Legislative Branch

DONE (June 18)

DONE (June 18)

PASSED (July 6)

Military Construction/ Veterans Affairs

DONE (July 6)

DONE (July 7)

State & Foreign Operations

By Passed

DONE (July 9)

Transportation/Housing and Urban Development

DONE (July 29)

DONE (July 30)

PASSED (Sept.17)

Continuing Resolution

(Through October 31)

 

*Not scheduled

Health Care Reform

The Senate Finance Committee passed its version of the health care reform bill on October 13 by a vote of 14-9. Senator Olympia Snowe was the only Republican to support the bill in Committee. Majority Leader Reid is leading a process in the Senate to merge the bills reported by the Finance Committee and the HELP Committee. Senate leadership hopes to have a merged bill by October 23 and to bring a bill to the floor the last week of October or the first week of November.

A similar process is underway in the House lead by House Speaker Pelosi. The House leadership continues to push for the strongest public option possible in its version of the reform bill. The House is now expected to bring its version of health care reform to the House floor early next month.

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