Another Continuing Resolution Likely

The lame duck session may or may not settle FY 2011 discretionary spending. The current FY 2011 Continuing Resolution (CR) that level funds most federal programs expires on December 3. It is likely that a short CR will be needed before the Congress makes further spending decisions. There are several options available. One would be to pass a FY 2011 omnibus appropriations bill that would finalize all funding throughout the fiscal year. That scenario is the least likely since the Congress has not passed any of the 12 appropriations bills and most House and Senate Republicans would prefer to wait until the next Congress where they will be a much stronger party. The more likely scenario will be the passage of another CR that will expire a couple of months after the 112th Congress convenes. The new Congress would then decide on whether to pass FY 2011 appropriations bills or possibly extend the CR for the entire year.

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