The House and Senate produced a conference report early this week on H.R. 2112, which combines FY2012 appropriations bills for the departments of Agriculture; Commerce-Justice-Science; and Transportation and Urban Development. The House passed the conference report by a vote of 298 to 121 and the Senate passed the legislation Thursday evening 70 to 30. The bill will go to the president’s desk for his signature. The legislation does cut $2 billion from FY2011 transportation appropriations levels.
The spending package is the first of the Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations measures to be completed. The spending package also contains a new continuing resolution that would keep the Federal government open through Dec. 16, while Congress tries to complete the remaining nine regular appropriations bills for fiscal 2012. The latest stop gap measure is set to expire on Friday.
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