The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has proposed a continuing resolution that upholds the sequestration order issued March 1 by President Barack Obama, where foreign aid programs are among those that will likely suffer a 5 percent cut.
The bill, unveiled Monday (March 4), caps 2013 spending levels at $982 billion — lower than the topline numbers in the current continuing resolution ($1.047 trillion), which is set to expire March 27. The House proposal keeps 2012 baseline spending for many programs, but provides some funding increase to defense and veterans affairs programs.
As of press time, the Democrat-led Senate has yet to issue a counterpart proposal. Some House Democrat leaders, though, have voiced their disappointment over the Republican-initiated measure.
“The proposal would lock most of the federal government into outdated plans and spending levels,” Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey of New York was quoted as saying. “Governing by continuing resolution limits the ability of federal departments and agencies to respond to changing circumstances, implement laws enacted by Congress, eliminate unnecessary spending, and budget responsibly.”
Congress will need to come to an agreement before the March 27 deadline to prevent a government shutdown.
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