Where does Congress stand with appropriations bills?

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Both the House and the Senate appropriations committees are off to strong starts in the appropriations process for fiscal 2013. Will both chambers pass all 12 major bills before the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30? Probably not. In most years, many key bills are passed well after the start of the new fiscal year, necessitating continuing resolutions to keep the government funded.

National Journal has produced a series of graphics showing the stage each chamber has reached in the 12 major appropriations areas. Note that some bills are considered together as a package, but are separated out in the presentation, particularly as parts of continuing resolution. Also, some bills that are introduced at the subcommittee level aren't the same ones that are passed on the House and Senate floors or agreed to in conference.

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