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House Leader Says FY10 Supplemental Will Move By Friday

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday “he expects the FY10 supplemental spending bill will move in the House ‘within the next couple of days – certainly by Friday,'” CongressDaily reports. Hoyer said the prediction was “more than optimism. That is my intent” (House/Sanchez, 6/29).

The Senate already passed its version of the measure, which includes $2.8 billion for the Haitian rebuilding effort (Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, 5/28).

“Asked if the supplemental would be divided into at least two parts, with one devoted solely to U.S. military funding, Hoyer said: ‘That will probably be our procedure,'” CongressDaily reports, noting the concerns over funding for military operations in Afghanistan. “This strategy runs the risk that Republicans – who have been calling for a supplemental bill that does not include any funding not related to the wars – may not vote for the package out of a concern that their ‘yes’ votes would enable more spending amid high debt and deficits,” according to the publication.

House Republican leaders did not comment on how they plan to deal with the supplemental, CongressDaily reports (6/29).