Today is the last day of fiscal year 2007 for the United States Government.
The House of Representatives and the Senate have passed Continuing Resolutions that will keep the government operating through November 16. (The government could, in fact, shut down before that for an entirely unrelated reason. If Congress and the President fail to increase the federal debt limit, and such an increase is needed to finance government operations, the government could shut down for a time as it did in 1995.)
None of the twelve appropriations bills that will fund the U.S. government for the fiscal year that begins tomorrow have been enacted into law. Four of the bills - Homeland Security, Military/Veterans (not to be confused with Defense), State/Foreign Operations, and Transportation/HUD - have been approved by the House and Senate, but have not yet completed the conference committee process to reconcile the bills before they go to President Bush for signature. The remaining eight bills are not even as far along as these first four.
For his part, President Bush has criticized Congress for not completing action on the appropriations bills. It is not clear to this observer what is delaying the process - political or administrative issues. It should be remembered that this is the first appropriations process managed by congressional Democrats since fiscal 1995.