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Lawmakers Halfway Through Omnibus Bill

CongressCongress has been busy in developing a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill ahead of a Jan. 15 deadline that is intended to help ward off another government shutdown, Politico magazine reported Tuesday.

David Rogers writes that lawmakers are close to finalizing half of the measure, which is essentially 12 bills rolled into one piece of legislation that covers science agencies and the departments of CommerceDefenseHomeland Security, Justice and Veterans Affairs.

Politico noted that that with only less than two weeks left on the clock, the House and Senate Appropriations committees are facing challenges in formulating the budget for healthcare and financial reform efforts.

Having a budget framework set by both sides in December helped, as well as the House Republicans rolling back domestic appropriations to below 2008 levels, the report said.

Appropriations chairs Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) are slated to meet next week to make their final determinations, Politico added.

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