The House next week will vote on a fiscal 2013 wrapup package that Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., will pair with a newly written Defense and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs bill. The measure, expected to be unveiled Monday, will effectively set the budget year’s discretionary spending at about $974 billion. It starts with a top line of $1.043 trillion, but the sequester hits hardest on discretionary spending, with about $71 billion of the $85 billion in cuts slated to come from this account.
While providing no additional funds to the Pentagon or veterans’ programs, the new spending bills would allow them to better manage the effects of the sequester.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.