House Committee Plans Deep 2014 Spending Cuts

May 23, 2013

A new House Appropriations Committee plan proposes increasing defense spending next year by 5 percent and imposing severe cuts upon many non-Defense Department agencies, especially the Health and Human Services, Labor, Education and State departments.

The committee's blueprint for 2014 appropriations bills, released Tuesday, would put overall federal discretionary spending — not counting some disaster relief and overseas war spending — at about $967 billion, or almost 2 percent below this year's $986 billion level.

Under spending allocations approved by the Republican-controlled committee, the Labor, Education and Health and Human Services departments — which are funded by the same appropriations bill — would see the deepest cut: a combined 19 percent cut from this year's post-sequester benchmark, according to a committee analysis obtained by Federal Times. 

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