With negotiations between the House and the Senate on a first bundle of appropriations measures nearing completion, the House has scheduled floor consideration and debate for November 17. This first combined spending bill funds the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and several other agencies. 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. Lawmakers want to clear the first minibus this week, because it is expected to include stopgap language to keep the government operating through mid-December (the current continuing resolution is due to expire Nov. 18). Meanwhile the Senate is poised to move forward with a second minibus appropriations bill this week. However, House aides to both parties have said Congress may end up clearing Fiscal Year 2012 spending bills in two packages — the first minibus, which combines Transportation-HUD with Agriculture with Commerce-Justice-Science and, and a second that combines the nine remaining bills.