Congress (Gasp!) Poised to Pass Spending Bill
Appropriations 'the last bastion of getting something done around here': rep
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 12, 2011 8:54 AM CST
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after holding a news conference at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill December 7, 2011 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Looks like Congress is finally getting something done with minimal angst. A $1 trillion spending bill to last through September is set to be revealed today, barring any last-minute controversy. The process has been a more simplified one thanks to the fact that the overall spending level was set at $1.043 trillion back in August; the debate over the payroll tax also eased negotiations by keeping the spotlight on that battle, the Washington Post notes. This time around, both parties were ready to compromise when it came to how to divide the money among various departments and agencies.

That's partly because Republicans know they need Democratic votes: Dozens of GOP representatives are likely to reject any deal that doesn't feature massive spending cuts. The heads of the House and Senate appropriations committees both sound positive about the likelihood of a deal being finalized; the House Appropriations Committee's ranking Democrat calls the group "the last bastion of getting something done around here." Still, debate could arise over funding tied to health care reform, abortion rights, and the environment.

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Dec 12, 2011 9:16 PM CST
Through September, Looks like he plans to bring this up again before the election.
Dec 12, 2011 12:29 PM CST
I'm amazed at how passive Americans have become..they sit back and take whatever congress gives them even if it's they work ..lose their job.fight to make ends meet and keep the family together and they tolerate a government structure that favors the .9 % ..they say I can't do anything. They let this Congress collect their salary and all they do is drive the country down the proverbial black hole. I give credit to those marching and occupying areas throughout the country ..they get it..they're tired of being used and abused,,Just look at other countries and the social and economic changes going on..maybe Americans will come to thier senses and join the marches and try to rid the USA of people that go to DC in order to make $$$ for themselves and assure they get re-elected ..the needs of you are secondary..happy new year..maybe..
Dec 12, 2011 11:37 AM CST
Congress (Gasp!) Poised to Pass Spending Bill Well - the new color for the upcoming year is supposed to be orange.