On Thursday, February 17, 2022, after some delaying tactics by a few Senators, the Senate did
give final approval to a new CR that extends funding until March 11, 2022. The hope is that
March 11, deadline will allow completion of the 12 FY 2022 appropriations bills.
The appropriations leadership has been very tight-lipped on what they have agreed to as far as
the allocation of spending between defense spending and the non-defense spending. Senate
Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) did say, on Thursday, that what has been agreed to
for the appropriations bills includes the biggest increase in non-defense spending in four years.
There have also been reports that staff and the 12 appropriations subcommittees have been hard
at work to make all the critical appropriations decisions.