House Blocks Agency Spending Accountability Bill

Law360, New York (December 20, 2010, 1:31 PM EST) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has failed to move forward with a Senate-approved bill that would require federal agencies to improve efficiency and accountability alongside tighter budget and performance goals.

House members voted 212-131 on Friday to suspend the rules and pass Senate amendments to H.R. 2142, the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to clear the legislation under expedited rules.

The House originally passed its version of the bill, sponsored by Rep. Henry Cueller, D-Texas, in June. Once...
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