Fiscal Year 2012 “minibus” spending bill advances

The Senate passed its combined spending bill that would fund the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and several other agencies. The bill was immediately taken up by House and Senate conferees to work out any differences between the two chambers’ versions of the bill. The Senate-passed version of the bill provides level funding of $150 million for the Section 811 Housing for People with Disabilities program, while the House version funds the program at the President’s Request level of $196 million.  Congress is attempting to pass small groups of “minibus” spending bills before November 18 to avoid another stopgap spending measure and to avoid having a single “omnibus” spending bill.

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