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Appropriations Update: With Appropriations Bills Behind Schedule, Congress to Enact a One Month Continuing Resolution to Keep the Federal Government Running

With a new fiscal year set to begin on October 1 and Congress yet to enact all twelve appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, it was necessary for the House of Representatives to pass a stopgap funding resolution to keep the government running. Passed in the House on September 25, the one-month continuing resolution (CR) will give Congress more time to pass the remaining appropriations bills. During the week of September 28, the Senate is scheduled to consider the CR, which was wrapped into the Fiscal Year 2010 Legislative Branch appropriations bill. Shortly thereafter, it will go to President Obama for his signature.

Although the House has passed its versions of all twelve appropriations bills, the Senate has passed only six for the fiscal year that starts on October 1. Among the bills yet to receive consideration on the Senate floor is the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education appropriations bill.

Earlier this year, on July 24, the House of Representatives passed its version of the FY 2010 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. And while the bill has yet to reach the Senate floor, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the Labor-HHS-Education bill on July 30.

Under the House-passed bill, the U.S. Department of Education would receive $64.2 billion for FY 2010, an amount that is slightly more than the $63.5 billion contained in the version passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The U.S. Department of Education received $62.6 billion in FY 2009.

More information on both versions of the FY 2010 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill is available here

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