September 20, 2001

The House on September 20th 2001, appointed conferees for the 2002 Interior and Related Agencies appropriations bill. No motion to instruct the conferees was offered or adopted.

The Senate appointed conferees in July.

It is our understanding that the House and Senate have not agreed on conference 302(b) allocations for the Interior bill (or any other 2002 bill). As a result a conference before October 1st is unlikely.

We expect that the House and Senate will pass a 15 day Continuing Resolution next week. It is likely to be a clean Continuing Resolution with normal terms and conditions.