(CNSNews.com) – While the federal fiscal year for 2011 ends on Sept. 30 – 24 days from now -- Congress has yet to pass a single appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012, which starts on Oct. 1. Not one appropriations bill has been sent to the president to sign into law.
The House of Representatives has passed six appropriations bills – for agriculture, defense, energy, homeland security, congressional spending, and veterans affairs – while the Senate has passed only one – veterans affairs. The veterans affairs appropriations bill, which funds the Department of Veterans Affairs and military pensions and health care, has not been passed by the full Congress despite being approved by both chambers.
The House-passed appropriations bills have languished in the Senate since mid-summer when they passed in the House.
The House also has yet to pass three appropriations bills through its legislative process. Appropriations bills for financial services, commerce justice and science, and interior and environmental services have passed their respective House committees, but have not yet passed the full House through a floor vote.
The House also has yet to introduce two appropriations bills – labor and education and State Department and foreign operations -- but is scheduled to do so before the end of the fiscal year.
The Senate has not introduced any of its own appropriations bills so far but is scheduled to introduce two of its own appropriations bills for homeland security and energy on Sept. 6, but has not taken action on any of the House-passed appropriations bills. It also has plans to send an agriculture appropriations bill to the floor on Sept. 7.