The Senate adopted its fiscal 2010 budget resolution (S Con Res 85) Thursday
night, a few hours after the house adopted its version (H Con Res 85).
While neither budget exactly mirrors President Obama’s proposal,
they do pave the way for implementing his proposals on health care, energy
and education. Conference negotiations will focus on whether to include
provisions that would, like the House plan, allow health care overhaul
legislation move through the filibuster proof reconciliation process and
how much in discretionary spending should be provided to the Appropriations
panels to write the 12 annual spending bills.
According to Congressional Quarterly, the Senate plan would provide the
Appropriations panel with $1.08 trillion, which is $15 billion less than
the president requested and about $8 billion less than the House resolution.
BIAA will continue to closely monitor the situation and will await the
arrival of the President’s full detailed budget that is expected
to come out at the beginning of May.