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Congress Gears Up for Spending Bills

April 25, 2014—When Congress returns to Washington April 28 from a two-week recess, it will face an agenda shortened by midterm election considerations. But one of the items on that list will be work on the 12 annual spending bills for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

Both House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) have said they want to move the FY 2015 spending bills through the respective chambers as quickly as possible.

The House Appropriations Committee already began work prior to the recess, approving drafts of both the FY 2015 Legislative Branch billand the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill on April 9.

Chairwoman Mikulski meanwhile has indicated she wants to begin marking up bills in late May, with a goal of getting all 12 bills out of the full Appropriations Committee before the August congressional recess.

Neither the House nor Senate Appropriations Committee has released the subcommittee or 302(b) allocations for FY 2015, although the House panel took the unusual step of releasing interim subcommittee allocations for the two bills approved in April.

However, the discretionary spending cap in place for FY 2015 essentially freezes non-defense appropriations at the current year’s level, presenting a challenge to appropriators who want to increase priority areas such as NIH.


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


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