Will the lame duck Congress punt on appropriations?

As noted here over the weekend, one member of Congress, Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL), said she would make “full funding” for NASA in FY11 a priority in her remaining weeks in Congress, as members return today for a lame duck session. But will Congress even take up full FY11 appropriations bills? CQ reports that Congress may instead simply pass another continuing resolution, deferring a final decision on FY11 appropriations until the next Congress. According to the article, while outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) could push through an omnibus appropriations bill, the Senate may not be able to because of “procedural roadblocks” that Republicans could create to slow down the process and seek spending cuts. A final decision on whether to press ahead with an omnibus bill or pass a CR that would fund agencies like NASA at FY10 levels into early next year will probably not come until votes on House Democratic leadership positions for the next Congress.

URL: http://www.spacepolitics.com/2010/11/15/will-the-lame-duck-congress-punt-on-appropriations/

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