“It does not mean that we cannot continue the work that we are doing on the appropriations bills and on the other policy measures that are coming to this floor in hopes of finding areas we can agree on,” Cantor said. “But there is a strong one we disagree on, and that is the issue of additional revenues in an environment where Washington doesn’t spend what it does spend well.”
Although Cantor has said he would bring all dozen fiscal 2014 spending bills to the House floor, the chamber has not done as well this year in moving spending measures as it did last year.
Still, the House Appropriations Committee is on track to end this week with 10 of its fiscal 2014 bills approved. In addition to the work on the Labor-HHS-Education bill, the Interior- Environment panel marks up its draft on Tuesday and the full committee acts Wednesday on the State-Foreign Operations bill.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will seek Tuesday to bring up the first fiscal 2014 spending bill, with a key procedural vote set on the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development measure (S 1243). Senate appropriators are slated to approve this week the Financial Services-General Government and State-Foreign Operations measures, the ninth and 10th annual measures to move through the committee. The Defense bill is expected to be marked up next week.
Democrats also have some domestic programs they are not anxious to bring to the forefront.
Bringing the Interior-Environment bill to a markup in Senate Appropriations could highlight differences among Democrats on policies regarding drilling and the energy business. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Begich of Alaska, conservative Democrats from energy-producing states, serve on Appropriations.
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.