Last week the House of Representatives approved a fourth continuing resolution (CR) with the hope that it will allow a deal and eventual enactment of 12 appropriations for the fiscal year that started on October 1, 2021.  Not long after the House action, the top four appropriators announced an agreement that will allow appropriators to divide up the budget between defense and non-defense spending and between the various subcommittees.


Details of how it will all work out was limited and there is still the challenge of getting a majority in the House and 60 votes in the Senate to approve the overall plan.  Defense spending will be a key argument but there could be other controversies.


The next CR extends funding until March 11, 2022, and the senate is expected to act soon.