Dec 14, 2007
Lawmakers expressed some optimism Thursday that a year-end spending package being drafted could end this year’s impasse over government spending.
Several issues still must be resolved, aides and lawmakers said, meaning a final deal is far from certain. Yet House leaders said they hoped to hold a vote on the omnibus package as early as Dec. 17. Final details could be released Dec. 16.
“I’m now slightly more optimistic than I was initially, and I think that while none of us may be particularly enamored of the final result, that we are getting closer to having a result which can be supported by many people on both sides of the aisle — at least in the House,” said House Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey , D-Wis.
Yet Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid , D-Nev., tried to tamp down expectations that a deal is imminent. “I have no agreement at this stage with the people in the House, the Republicans in the Senate, the White House,” he told reporters.
Meanwhile, Congress cleared a stopgap spending measure (H J Res 69) Thursday that will fund the government through Dec. 21, primarily at fiscal 2007 levels. The current continuing resolution (PL 110-116) runs through Friday.
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