From the National Waterways Conference: With a deadline of December 16 fast approaching Congress must pass the remaining nine appropriations bills for FY 2012 or pass another continuing resolution. While Senators Feinstein and Alexander chairman and ranking member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee continue to work to clear the numerous amendments filed on that bill simultaneous efforts are underway to draft an omnibus bill to consider in conference by the end of the week. That schedule would have the omnibus on the House floor early next week followed by consideration in the Senate. While the path forward remains unclear at this point both chambers have December 16 as the target date to adjourn for the year. The House is set to reconvene on January 17 with the Senate returning the following week on January 23.