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Congress Has More Agency Funding Bills On Its Post-Thanksgiving Plate

Rep. Hal Rogers, (R-Ky.), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

Lawmakers will be working hard after returning from Thanksgiving break to pass the remaining nine appropriations bills for 2012.

Congress has already passed three of the nine 2012 spending bills. Last Friday, President Obama signed what is known as the “mini-bus,” into law, which provided $128 billion for the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development.

In addition, a continuing resolution also extended funding to other government agencies until Dec. 16.

The House Appropriations Committee passed the first piece of the spending legislation in a 38-1 vote just four days before a Nov. 18 deadline in which federal funding was set to expire.

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) rallied for support and tried to pass a second “consolidated appropriations” bill, however, was unsuccessful in unifying the GOP members.

Because the first three appropriations passed only fund government until Dec. 16, an “omnibus” agreement is the most likely option to pass the remaining nine appropriations, The Hill newspaper reports.

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