Dec 13, 2007
The House today passed by 385 to 27 an amended continuing resolution to fund the government until Dec. 21 at fiscal 2007 spending levels.
The Senate has yet to pass its version of the resolution, which would be the third continuing resolution already in fiscal 2008. The current one expires Dec. 14.
The amended resolution comes as Congress and the White House have pushed back and forth over spending bills. Congress has considered an omnibus appropriations bill, and President Bush has threatened to veto any such measure.
Bush said Dec. 3 that Congress shouldn’t burden the economy with wasteful spending in an omnibus appropriations bill and instead act fiscally responsible by passing the remaining 11 spending bills. Throughout the budget process, Bush threatened to veto spending bills that exceeded his budget proposals.
Because the omnibus spending bill remains an option for Congress, the president has already vetoed a spending bill that merged two separate pieces of spending legislation. In November, he vetoed the Fiscal 2008 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act because it both included a veterans spending bill and it was on track to be $22 billion more than he proposed.
The Fiscal 2008 Department of Defense Appropriations Act is the only spending bill that has become law.