n September 14, House Committee on Appropriations Chair Harold Rogers (R-KY) introduced H.J. Res. 79, the “Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2012,” a CR that would keep the government funded through November 18, 2011.
Congress has not passed any FY12 appropriations bills, and is not likely to in time for the October 1 beginning of the new federal fiscal year. The CR would allow additional weeks for the Senate to complete its subcommittee bills and for the House and Senate to negotiate final funding levels for all 12 appropriations bills. Congress will have to complete the appropriations work by November 18 or passed an additional CR to avoid a government shutdown.
The proposed CR would continue to fund government agencies at the levels provided by the FY11 Department of Defense Act and the FY11 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, but lower the “rate of operations” in these two bills by 1.409%. The House Committee on Rules approved the rule for the CR on September 15. The House is expected to take up the resolution the week of September 19. The Senate will then decide whether to take up the resolution.
In order to complete all of its appropriations work prior by November 18, Congress will probably have to combine all appropriations bills in an omnibus bill rather than pass each bill individually. House leadership announced in August that it would not pass any of its remaining bills individually. Instead, the House Committee on Appropriations is marking up remaining bills in subcommittee or full committee and may hold the bills for negotiations with the Senate and passage in an omnibus.
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) is scheduled to mark up its FY12 bill on September 20 at 10:30 am in room 138 of the Dirksen Senate office building. The full Committee on Appropriations may mark up the bill directly afterwards.