This week both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. In the House the bill fell just three votes short of the two-thirds needed to override a veto. The bill is now on its way to President Bush where it is expected to be vetoed. The $606 billion appropriations bill includes $150.7 billion in discretionary spending. This exceeds President Bush’s discretionary spending request by $9.8 billion. We will continue to follow this legislation. Currently Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education are operating under a continuing resolution that is set to expire on November 16th. We are expecting to see another continuing resolution as the debate on the budget continues in Washington, DC.