As House Democrats get ready for the first big spending fight of the 112th Congress, they are inviting several budget experts to Wednesday’s Caucus meeting.
House Budget ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.); Stan Collender, a partner at Qorvis Communications and a Roll Call contributing writer; and Robert Greenstein, founder and executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, are slated to speak at the meeting, according to Democratic aides.
Jacob Lew, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, is also expected to attend, although he is not on the official agenda, aides confirmed.
House Republicans are expected to bring a continuing resolution to the floor next week to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal 2011. The current continuing resolution expires March 4. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget request is scheduled for release Feb. 14.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.