NEWSLINK: House Releases Continuing Resolution With Sequester Reductions in Place

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[House Releases Continuing Resolution With Sequester Reductions in Place - Roll Call - March 4, 2013]

Roll Call covers a continuing resolution by House Republicans to address spending cuts while providing greater flexibility for how military spending is adjusted:

House appropriators on Monday unveiled a proposed final fiscal 2013 spending package that would effectively cap federal operating expenses at $982 billion, when the cuts already mandated by sequester are taken into account, while giving the Pentagon new flexibility to cushion the impact of the automatic reductions.

… ‘The legislation will avoid a government shutdown on March 27th, prioritize DOD and veterans’ programs, and allow the Pentagon some leeway to do its best with the funding it has,’ said House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky.

The current six-month fiscal 2013 continuing resolution (PL 112-175) expires on March 27, but Congress likely will clear a final fiscal 2013 spending measure by the week of March 18, as lawmakers are scheduled to be on recess the week of March 25.

It is expected that the House will vote on the plan this week, but that Democrats in both the House and Senate will try to tweak it to provide greater flexibility for agencies handling domestic spending as well.

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