“Herculean Task” to Write 2011 Budget Bill

April 10, 2011

By Chad Pergram, FOX News

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is fond of saying “nothing is decided until everything is decided.”

Well, despite the machinations of last night, everything is still not decided.

House and Senate appropriators began churning through writing the broader bill overnight to fund the rest of fiscal year 2011. They hope to post this bill late Monday, just before midnight; the bill would then wind its way through the rules committee Tuesday and hit the House floor Wednesday. One GOP aide said, “This will be a Herculean task to get this written.”

But sources tell Fox News there are only about five or six issues resolved. House and Senate negotiators need to go through the bill and resolve about 100 issues–and go through the bill line by line.

Some of the more controversial matters yet to be decided:

Funding for NASA’s Constellation exploration program. Remember that Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. has pushed hard to sustain the funding for this.

Endangered Species. After last year’s California drought, there are some serious restrictions that were imposed on water use. Now, they want to limit that water use to preserve some fish species.

Needle exchange programs. These programs are designed to prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases common among IV drug users. The debate is whether to fund them in D.C. and other states.

Homeowners associations. The opportunity for homeowner’s associations to apply for federal grants for pool and spa safety programs may be up in the air.

To read more, visit:  http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/04/09/herculean-task-write-2011-budget-bill

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Robert M. Henderson says:

    What a pity. A Herculean task and we’re stuck with Casper Milquetoast “git ‘er done”. My old Daddy used to say, “never send a boy to do a man’s job”. Too bad the boys in the House didn’t know him.

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