In addition, President Obama explained that he would not risk a government shutdown by demanding a fix to sequestration in the fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations bill that will be needed to fund the government past March 27.
And Congress is expected to pass a FY 2013 appropriations bill prior to March 27, 2013, when the stopgap funding measure, also known as a continuing resolution (CR), currently funding the government will expire.
House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) proposed funding the remainder of FY 2013 by combining newly crafted bills for Defense and Veterans Affairs with bills that would fund all other programs, including programs within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), at FY 2012 levels.
The House approved the budget on March 6th by a vote 267-151 vote the Chairman’s budget. NJ’s delegation voted along part lines for the budget.
Whether or not this proposal passes both chambers, key Republican and Democratic leaders have also noted that the FY 2013 appropriations bill could be packaged with a deficit reduction measure to replace sequestration.
Click here for the President’s sequestration order.