Paying for government, 2012
Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (Center) walks back to his office after a vote on the omnibus spending bill December 16, 2011. The House has passed the $1 trillion bill, by 296-121, that will keep the federal government funded through September, 2012.
December 19th, 2011
06:32 PM ET

Paying for government, 2012

The President still hasn’t signed the 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which will fund the government through next year.  According to White House officials it’s because the bill itself has not yet arrived at the White House. And why is that?  Because it’s a big bill and takes a long time to print. Yet until that bill is signed the government is funded only by a continuing resolution that runs through December 23, 2011.

So the question arises, can or will the President use the unsigned bill as leverage to keep Congress in town to resolve the payroll tax cut dispute?  According to the White House, the answer is no.

"The President is focused on getting the business of the American people done, and once we receive the Omnibus funding bill, he will sign it,” says Kenneth Baer, Communications Director for the Office of Management and Budget.  “House Republicans should focus on the urgent task in front of them, put aside whatever political concerns they have, and pass the compromise payroll/UI bill that passed the Senate by overwhelming, bipartisan margins."

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  1. jerry

    hey can where is the story concerning Bindens comments about the Taliban? The admission stating obama has never made a policy statement the Taliban are our enemys? Looks like a big story to me!

    December 20, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  2. Dale the prediction is coming true.

    December 20, 2011 at 11:27 am |