Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) appears ready to advance a trio of appropriations bills, according to a schedule issued by the committee September 1.

Two subcommittee  markups were set for September 6, the first day the Senate returns to session following the August recess.  The next day, those two drafts are scheduled for consideration by the full committee, as well as another appropriations bill that has already passed a subcommittee.

On September 6, the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee is slated to mark up the fiscal year 2012 energy and water development appropriations bill, and the Homeland Security Subcommittee is scheduled to mark up the fiscal year 2012 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill.

On September 7, the full committee is expected to adopt the fiscal year 2012 302(b) allocations and mark up the two bills considered the day before, as well as the fiscal year 2012 agriculture, rural development, Food and Drug Administration, and related agencies appropriations bill.

The committee to date has reported only one of 12 appropriations bills, the fiscal year 2012 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.  But that measure still has to be conferenced with House appropriators, who have passed nine appropriations bills, including the spending bill for military construction and Veterans Affairs.