Just before the beginning of the 2009 fiscal year in October, Congress passed a temporary spending measure to fund the operations of the government until March.
Without action early in the next Congress, though, funding for much of the government will run out.
The stopgap bill passed in September set full year FY 2009 funding levels for Defense, Homeland Security, and Military Veterans. It spent about $8,000 per U.S. family.
But the rest of the government’s operations remain unfunded past early March.
The operations that expire in March include Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science, Energy & Water, Financial Services, Interior, Labor/HHS/Education, Legislative Branch, State/Foreign Operations, and Transportation/HUD.
No spending bills were even introduced in the House during appropriations season, but the spending bills introduced in the Senate and their full-year costs are listed below.
They total just over $10,000 in spending per U.S. family. The period from March to the end of September is about seven months, meaning that Congress will allocate about $6,000 per U.S. family early in the new year.
The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $869.51 per family
The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $588.68 per family
The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $331.72 per family
The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $447.53 per family
The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $6,447.19 per family
The Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $377.08 per family
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009
Costs $1,169.99 per family