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The Latest on Annual Spending

Congress didn’t finish the annual spending process by the beginning of the new fiscal year October 1st. It has passed some of the bills that run the government, but most of the government has been running on temporary spending measures, called “continuing resolutions.”

Here’s a run-down of the action so far:

On October 1st, the Legislative Branch appropriations act became law. It spent money to run Congress for the year, and contained a continuing resolution through the end of October. Cost per family of that bill: about $1,785.

On October 16, the Agriculture appropriations bill became law, funding—you guessed it—the Department of Agriculture from then through the end of the fiscal year. Cost: $1,178.

Twelve days later, on October 28, the Energy and Water bill and the Homeland Security bill became law. Cost: $319 and $414 respectively.

And at the end of October, with the first continuing resolution expiring, Congress passed and the president signed the Interior appropriations bill, which contained a second continuing resolution.

With spending for the year on the Department of the Interior and all the other agencies of government through December 18, that bill came to $2,560 per U.S. family.

The bills that remain (and the spending in them from mid-December through the fiscal year) are:

So there you have it! The very latest on the annual spending process.

Sure would have been nice for Congress to finish it on time. But it never seems to do that.

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