“We hope to work this process through so we won’t do a CR,” he said in the call. “We have already passed a number of appropriations bills. We would put all the others into one package and try to get them done.”
The deficit deal in August set discretionary spending for fiscal 2012 at $1.043 trillion and fiscal 2013 at $1.047 trillion.
But Congress is also tackling several other issues —”the expiration of the Alternative Minimum Tax patch, a variety of business tax breaks, the freeze in scheduled cuts to doctors’ Medicare payments, the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits,” The Hills reports.
Taken all together, the package could actually add up to nearly $1.4 trillion and pose a challenge to clear the Republican-controlled House, the Hill reports.
So far, only three of the 12 appropriations bills have passed. On Nov. 18, President Obama signed a $182 billion minibus for three spending bills that covered Agriculture; Commerce, Justice and Science agencies; and the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.