Government Shutdown Dodged… Again

December 17, 2011

For Immediate Release:
December 17 2011

Media Contact:
Kate Pomeroy (703) 927-7111
Victoria Coley (443) 758-6077                                            

Government Shutdown Dodged… Again

Talks Linger Around Remaining Policies Expiring Year-End

Arlington, VA– U.S. House and Senate negotiators today signed off on a bipartisan, $915 billion, omnibus spending bill funding the government and, yet again, dodging another government shutdown.  The measure will keep the government running for the next nine months, through the end of Fiscal Year 2012.  Total discretionary spending, combining both the minibus and omnibus, reaches $1.043 trillion, excluding emergency discretionary spending.

This year-long funding bill supports the remaining nine spending bills: Defense, Energy/Water, Financial Services, Homeland Security, Interior/Environment, Labor/HHS/Education, Legislative Branch, Military Construction/VA, and State/Foreign Operations.

Before heading home for the holidays, Congress is still under the gun to strike a deal to address policies, which will expire at the end of the year, including the payroll tax, jobless benefits, and Medicare reimbursements to doctors.

Gretchen Hamel, Executive Director of Public Notice, said the following:

“Yes, it’s good news Congress has reached another deal to avoid a government shutdown.  But last minute budgeting isn’t an acceptable way for our nation’s government to operate.  Furthermore, we end 2011 just as we began, without meaningful spending reform and with massive deficit-spending with no end in sight.

“How many times does Congress need to be told to put politics aside and get serious about cutting wasteful government spending before they will listen?  Americans are fed up with business-as-usual in the nation’s capital and want Congress to take real action to address our debt crisis so our economy can recover and businesses have confidence to make investments and create jobs.”

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