The Senate has given final approval to an approximately $200-Million supplemental budget to pay for government programs and services through the remaining months of the fiscal year that ends on June 30th. Senator Chuck Gross of St. Charles, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, says Senate and House negotiators will now get together, probably later this week, to iron out the differences in the two chambers’ versions of the supplemental budget. Items in the supplemental budget are not usually controversial. They’re basically the costs of keeping government running until the regular budget process – with all its controversial items – is completed for the new fiscal year that starts July 1st.
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