Legislative Activity

Senate Appropriations Committee Membership.

On Thursday, June 20, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced that Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) has joined the committee to fill the seat held by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). In a statement released last week, the Chairwoman expressed her confidence in the value Sen. Coons will provide to the committee.

House Appropriations Action.

Last week the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Transportation/Housing and Urban Development and Energy and Water approved their FY 2014 spending bills. The bills will be considered by the full committee this week along with a revised report on FY 2014 suballocations.

Senate Appropriations Action.

Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2014 Military Construction – Veterans Affairs and Agriculture spending bills. Prior to the markups, Chairwoman Mikulski released the spending allocations set for each subcommittee. The overall FY 2014 discretionary spending cap is set at $1.058 trillion, which is $91 billion more than the $967 billion cap established in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25) and being utilized by the House Appropriations Committee. A detailed comparison of the subcommittee allocations for both chambers is included below.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced last week that he intends to move appropriations bills to the floor, with at least one bill expected to come up in July after the Senate concludes work on the immigration bill.

This Week’s FY 2014 Appropriations Markups:

  • Tuesday, June 25: Financial Services and General Government – Senate subcommittee markup.
  • Tuesday, June 25: Transportation-Housing – Senate subcommittee markup.
  • Tuesday, June 25: Energy and Water – Senate subcommittee markup.
  • Wednesday, June 26: Energy and Water – House full committee markup.
  • Wednesday, June 26: Transportation-Housing – House full committee markup.