Does New House Plan to Keep Agencies Funded Have a Chance?

February 13, 2013

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., says he is preparing to introduce a bill to keep government agencies funded through the end of the fiscal year that will be written with a spending level beyond what Speaker John Boehner has promised rank-and-file conservatives.

Rogers’ proposal will reflect the $1.043 trillion discretionary spending cap for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 that was agreed upon with the Senate under the 2011 Budget Control Act; the total is above the $974 billion level that is being promised by the speaker. But Rogers says that is largely a “technicality.”

“We’ll also say in the bill that it is subject to sequestration on the way,” Rogers explained, referring to the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts to defense and domestic discretionary programs set to kick in March 1.

Given the assumption those sequestration cuts will occur, Rogers told reporters gathered outside of the House chamber, his bill will not actually add to the spending cap for the year that Boehner has promised.

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