House Postpones Omnibus by Another Week

Posted February 2, 2009 at 11:14am

House Democratic leaders are reshuffling their plans and postponing the omnibus spending bill by another week, a sign that Congressional leaders may have been too ambitious in deciding what they could send to President Barack Obama before the mid-February recess.

Democrats were originally aiming to bring the omnibus to the House floor this week. The package includes nine leftover appropriations bills from fiscal 2009.

Now, with Senate Democrats scrambling to build GOP support for high-priority economic stimulus legislation and the Democratic retreat halting House business on Thursday and Friday, the House isn’t likely to touch the omnibus until next week, according to senior Democratic aides.

Congressional leaders have been hoping to resolve both bills before heading into the Presidents Day recess on Feb. 13.