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The approaching crunch: Agreement on spending nowhere near as deadlines loom

August 09, 2013

Network faithful take note: Wonderful article from the Coalition on Human Needs that gives a clear roadmap to help guide you right up to the sequestration deadline. It ain’t pretty but is definitely important for you to understand.

  • The House and Senate are $91 billion apart on their FY 2014 appropriations totals, with the House assuming that spending will not exceed the limits set by another year of sequestration cuts, and the Senate assuming sequestration will not take place. The gap is made even larger by the fact that the House violates the Budget Control Act’s requirement that defense and “non-defense” are cut equally. Instead, the House spares defense and cuts domestic programs more deeply.

    Once upon a time, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees sent 12 separate spending bills to the floor of each body, after the full Congress agreed on the total funding they had to divide up.  Conference committees would resolve the differences, and bills would be enacted and sent to the President.  That was then.

    This year, the House and Senate are $91 billion apart on their FY 2014 appropriations totals, with the House assuming that spending will not exceed the limits set by another year of sequestration cuts, and the Senate assuming sequestration will not take place.  The gap is made even larger by the fact that the House violates the Budget Control Act’s requirement that defense and “non-defense” are cut equally.  Instead, the House spares defense and cuts domestic programs more deeply.

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