DOJ Spending Bill Closer To Final Passage
By Andrew Ramonas | December 9, 2021 4:35 pm

Senate and House negotiators worked out a deal last night that would package the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations legislation (known as CJS) with other spending bills that haven’t moved out of Congress yet, The Hill reported late last night.

The fiscal 2010 spending bill includes $27.4 billion to fund the Justice Department. The House passed its version of the bill June 18. The Senate passed its bill on Nov. 5 and asked for a conference with the House to work out the two chambers’ differences.

The negotiators decided to lump the CJS bill with six other appropriations bills for fiscal 2010: Defense; Transportation and Housing and Urban Development; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; Financial Services and General Government; Labor, Health and Human Services and Education; and State and Foreign Operations, according to The Hill. The Defense appropriations bill will be the likely vehicle for the package because Congress must pass the legislation by Dec. 18 to prevent a government shutdown, the newspaper said.

The agencies have been funded via a temporary spending bill since the fiscal year began on Oct. 1

The House would like to pass the package of bills this week, according to The Hill. The Senate could take up the package shortly thereafter, the newspaper said.

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