Next week, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., will unveil her plan for allocating the $1.058 trillion that would be available for fiscal 2014 discretionary spending if Congress repealed or replaced the sequester. Her committee will mark up what are called 302(b)s for each of its 12 bills when it takes up its first measure, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs.
The panel will write fiscal 2014 spending bills designed to show what Americans would get from the government if a larger budget deal is struck and the sequester’s very deep bite into the federal government’s operating expenses disappears.
But any plan to bridge the enormous gap between the chambers will come only as part of a larger deal, probably tied to the next increase in the debt limit. That means it’s likely the government will run once again on a continuing resolution, or several of them, for some months into the next budget year.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.