After intense negotiations, Democrats and Republicans signed off on a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government funded through September 2012. Both chambers approved the bill only hours before the federal government was facing a shutdown on December 16. The funding bill sets government spending for the year at $1.043 trillion, a level agreed to in the Budget Control Act enacted in August that raised the nation’s legal borrowing limit. The figure represents an overall 1.5% drop in spending from Fiscal Year 2011. The funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies, which funds the vast majority of disability-related discretionary programs, was included in the $1 trillion, nine-bill spending omnibus. Visit our website to see how specific disability-related programs fared in the Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations package.