By Walter Alarkon | Posted: 06/09/09 06:14 PM [ET] - 06/09/09 06:12 PM EDT
House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) expects all 12 spending bills for next year will be completed before August.
Obey's calender lays out specific dates for every subcommittee markup, full committee markup and floor vote for each appropriations bill.
Democrats in both chambers have set a goal of getting all appropriations bills through Congress individually and signed by President Obama before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 31. That hasn't happened since 1984.
Democrats, pointing to their unity and the size of their majorities, are hopeful this year will be different. But they'll have a hard time finding time to consider each bill when they're also looking to pass healthcare reform and climate change legislation this year.