Democratic leaders in the House and Senate indicated they would work with Republicans to complete an omnibus spending bill close to President Bush’s budget cap while keeping most earmarks and trying to protect other Democratic spending priorities (Roll Call – 12/13/07).
President Bush has promised to veto any spending bill that would exceed the $933 billion limit set by the Administration. He proved this last month by vetoing the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill, which included a 3.1 percent increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it is “immoral that researchers are missing many opportunities to advance health science because of insufficient federal funding”, noting that “1,500 Americans die every day because of cancer.”
Though limits set by the Administration have been accepted, the battle between the House and the Senate rages on. There are some large differences between the two chambers, including very different ideas on the best way to trim down the package.
The silver lining is we may soon be able to continue funding our Government.