The Senate has passed a bill that tells the intelligence community what it can spend, roughly how many people it can hire and what it's allowed to do in 2011.
Thursday's action is a little late, with 2011 nearly half over, but the vote marks a return to business as usual after years of disagreement between Congress and the White House that stymied such legislation.
The 2010 intelligence bill that passed last fall was the first in six years, as lawmakers fought the White House for greater oversight during the controversial era of black sites and enhanced interrogation techniques used against al-Qaida without Congress' knowledge.
The House Intelligence Committee passed a 2012 version of the same bill Thursday. If that passes quickly, the intelligence committees will be back on track.