January 13, 2014
Congress continues to make progress on an FY2014 spending plan, and expects to pass and send a $1.012 trillion omnibus package to the president by the end of the week. In the meantime, the House is set to take up a stopgap measure tomorrow that would run through Saturday and make no changes in current funding levels, since the current Continuing Resolution expires on Wednesday. According to House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY), work has been nearly completed on ten of the twelve spending bills and final touches and negotiations are being finalized on the remaining two. Rogers indicated that policy riders are the main challenge holding up talks, and last week Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski stated that they were trying to work through disagreements surrounding riders pertaining to the 2010 health care law and the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory overhaul. Congressional leaders are expected to unveil the proposed package sometime later today or early tomorrow.