Legislative Alert: Congress Passes Another Continuing Resolution; 2004 Budget May Not Be Approved until January

In late November, the House and Senate passed the sixth continuing resolution that will keep the government operating through January 31, 2004. Only six of the 13 required spending bills for the fiscal year that began October 1 have been enacted. The seven unfinished bills are part of a massive fiscal 2004 omnibus spending bill (H.R. 2673). This includes the Commerce-Justice-State (C-J-S) appropriations bill, which provides the majority of state and local law enforcement assistance funding.