Senate appropriator says he has the votes to pass catch-all spending bill

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said he believes he has the 60 votes needed to pass a 12-bill omnibus package for fiscal year 2011 spending.

He adds that he may have more than 60 votes.

The Senate is expected to begin consideration this week of a yearlong continuing resolution that the House passed last week. Inouye needs 60 votes, which means some Republicans, to overcome any likely GOP procedural hurdles to replace the House bill with the Senate omnibus.

The package caps discretionary spending at $1.108 trillion, the level that Republicans demanded this year, Inouye noted: "We have abided by them to the very penny."

The omnibus includes a raft of earmarks, but they are expected to add up to less than 1 percent of the bill's total. By comparison, the House bill would cap discretionary spending at $1.089 trillion, the same as fiscal 2010, and include no earmarks.

After an election heavy with anti-spending rhetoric, Republicans in the House and Senate earlier this year vowed to refrain from requesting earmarks in the next Congress. The move put pressure on congressional Democrats to back away from earmarks, previously a prevalent bipartisan practice.

Inouye said, however, that the earmarks were not a problem in winning support for his package.

If the Senate passes the omnibus, it would then go to the House where Democrats hope to pass the measure before Saturday, when a stopgap funding measure expires.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.