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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 13, 2009:

Appropriations and Policy Update


FY 2010 Appropriations

On October, 30 President Obama signed the $32.25 billion Interior & Environment appropriations bill.  Included in the Bill was a second Continuing Resolution to fund government operations through December 18.  To date, President Obama has now signed 5 of the 12 appropriations bills into law.  In addition to the Interior bill signed on October 30, the President has also signed the Agriculture bill ($23.3 billion in discretionary spending); Legislative Branch bill ($4.6 billion); Homeland Security ($42.8 billion); and Energy & Water ($33.5 billion).

The Senate passed its version of the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill on November 5 by a vote of 71-28 and has since begun debate on the Senate Military Construction/Veterans Affairs bill.

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.  An Omnibus bill for the several remaining appropriation bills that may not pass under regular order due to time limitations is under discussion.

STATUS OF FY 2010 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS

HOUSE

Appropriations 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 and 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 and Foreign Operations DONE (June 17) DONE (June 23) PASSED (July 9)
Transportation/Housing & Urban Development DONE (July 13) DONE (July 17) PASSED (July 23)
Continuing Resolution (through October 31)

 

  PASSED (Sept. 29)
Second Continuing Resolution (through December 18)    

PASSED (Oct 30)

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 (Sept 8) DONE (Sept 9) PASSED (Sept 29)
Financial Services DONE (July 8) DONE (July 9)
Homeland Security DONE (June 17) DONE (June 18) PASSSED (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) PASSED
State and Foreign Operations By Passed DONE (July 9)
Transportation/Housing & Urban Development DONE (July 29) DONE (July 30) PASSED (Sept 17)
Continuing Resolution (through October 31)     PASSED (Sept 30)
Second Continuing Resolution (through December 18)     PASSED (Oct 29)

Health Care Reform

The House passed its version of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR. 3962) on November 14 by a vote of 220-215.  In order to secure the final few votes necessary for passage, the House Democratic leadership allowed a vote on an amendment to further restrict Federal funding for abortions.  The abortion amendment offered by Congressman Bart Stupak (D-1st MI) passed by a vote of 240-194.

The Senate is waiting on CBO scoring of its version of the health care reform legislation before bringing it up for debate.  it is expected the CBO will make its results public the week of November 8 and floor debate could begin as early as the week of November 15.

 

 

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