Lawmakers Cite Progress on Spending Bill
Posted at 9:03 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2013
“With the next budget deadline just weeks away, top lawmakers said this week that they had made significant progress negotiating a huge government-wide spending bill that gives the once mighty congressional Appropriations Committees an opportunity to reassert control over the flow of federal dollars,” the New York Times reports.
“The past few years have proved frustrating for members of the spending panels. With House Republicans unable to come to terms with Senate Democrats on a budget, the government has mainly functioned under a series of continuing resolutions that have taken the Appropriations Committees out of the game.”
“Lawmakers involved in the talks say both Republicans and Democrats are determined to get legislation through Congress by the Jan. 15 deadline, even though many rank-and-file members are likely to be wary of an omnibus measure that takes in 12 sweeping spending bills intended to be considered separately. The Jan. 15 deadline essentially leaves just more than a week to win passage, given that members of the House and the Senate will not start trickling back until Jan. 6.”