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.
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.