IT provisions hang up DHS funding bill

Congress prepared last week to iron out last-minute disputes that had stalled the Homeland Security Department appropriations bill.

The Senate and House have appointed members to a conference committee to resolve differences between the two houses' versions of the bill, HR 4567, but the committee had not met at press time.

Staff members have been negotiating over differences on IT provisions since mid-September.

Committee sources said the provisions likely would not prove contentious in the conference panel's deliberations but cautioned that any staff-level agreements could be cancelled by lawmakers.

Appropriations staff members agreed that Congress likely would pass the bill last week before adjourning, partly to avoid charges of inaction on homeland security funding during an election season.


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