Appropriations Take Center Stage in Washington

Congress is back in session for the next month.

Congress is back in Washington for a four-week session. Democratic leaders will continue pushing ahead on sweeping global warming and health care legislation, but not before they quickly progress toward writing the 12 regular appropriations bills. If that can be accomplished it will negate the need for an omnibus spending bill for the first time since 2005. Asked about the chances of avoiding an omnibus bill Senator Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who is a member of the Appropriations Committee, expressed hope it can be done.


House Appropriations Subcommittee markups of spending bills are expected to start as soon as next week and continue for another two weeks. The Senate Appropriations Committee plans to start subcommittee markups the third week of June.

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