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Appropriators Need More Time

January 10, 2014— House Appropriations Chair Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) Jan. 10 introduced a short-term, “clean” continuing resolution (CR) through Jan. 18 to give appropriators a few more days to complete work on the FY 2014 spending bills.  House and Senate appropriators acknowledge they will not finish in time for Congress to pass the bills before the Jan. 15 expiration of the current CR (P.L. 113-46).

Appropriators are working to package all 12 individual FY 2014 spending measures into one omnibus bill. Negotiators have released few details, but it appears that there is agreement between House and Senate appropriators on half of the 12 bills.  Progress on the remaining six bills, including the Labor-HHS bill, has been slowed by conservative Republicans’ insistence on adding policy riders to the bills to address such issues as funding the Affordable Care Act and abortion.  Appropriators reportedly are trying to deal with as many as 134 such riders. 

The leadership in both the House and Senate are driving to finish work on the spending omnibus before Congress adjourns on Jan. 17 for the Martin Luther King Day recess.

December’s budget agreement set the overall spending cap for non-defense programs at about 5 percent above current levels.  This has led to cautious optimism that Congress may restore much of the budget cuts caused by sequestration in FY 2013.

Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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