Govt. to stay in business despite appropriations muddle

| 9/27/2002

Local projects across the nation such as road and bridge repair are endangered due to U.S. legislators who can't agree on the 13 spending bills that finance the federal government, The Washington Post reported.

The House and Senate are at odds on spending limits for all the annual bills. This comes when House members seeking re-election rely on providing money to their local communities through the appropriations bills. It's also happening at a time when states are cutting budgets for highway and other programs.

Despite the impasse, Congress plans to pass continuing resolutions to keep the government running. Such resolutions allow legislators to haggle over spending decisions while allowing the government to continue to function.