H.J.Res. __: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2009, and for other purposes

H.J.Res. __

Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2009, and for other purposes

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
March 6, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.J.Res.__ is expected to be considered on the floor of the House under a same day rule.

Bill Summary

H.J.Res.__ would extend funding pursuant to P.L. 110-329 (the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act) through Wednesday, March 11, 2009. The continuing resolution provides funding at Fiscal Year 2008 levels for programs and agencies in nine appropriation bills that were not passed by the 110th Congress (Agriculture, Commerce /State /Justice, Energy and Water, Financial Services, Department of Interior, Labor/HHS, Legislative Branch, Department of State/Foreign Ops, Transportation/HUD federal). P.L. 110-329 is set to expire on Friday, March 06, 2009.

Fiscal Year 2009 spending bills for the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs were passed and signed into law last year.

 

Background

P.L. 110-329, the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 2638), provides funding through March 6, 2009, for the nine Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations bills that were not passed in the 110th Congress.  Without this continuing resolution, the portions of the federal government that are funded by P.L. 110-329 could not operate past March 6, 2009.

On February 25, 2009, the House passed H.R. 1105, the Omnibus Appropriations Act by a vote of 245-178.  The $410 billion spending bill, which included Fiscal Year 2010 funding for the nine appropriation bills that were not passed by Congress last year, would have increased funding for government agencies by $32 billion over current levels.  Currently, these government agencies are funded at Fiscal Year 2008 levels through March 6, 2009 by a continuing resolution.

On Thursday, March 5, 2009, after failing to invoke cloture, Senate leadership announced that the Senate would be unable to pass H.R. 1105 before March 6, 2009.  While the Senate has considered the bill for a number of days, no amendments have yet passed.  If the Senate completes consideration of H.R. 1105, and passes the bill without amendment, the legislation would be sent to the President.  If, however, the Senate amends the bill it would return to the House for further consideration before being sent to the White House.  The Senate is expected to continue consideration of H.R. 1105 next week. 

For more information on H.R. 1105, please see the Legislative Digest for February 25, 2009.