Appropriations Leaders Urge Budget Negotiators to Reach Budget Number This Month

Leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have asked budget negotiators for a topline discretionary spending number for the coming year before Thanksgiving - according to Politico - expressing concerns that Congress will fall back on funding the government once again with a year-long continuing resolution. The current continuing resolution runs out January 15th - and budget negotiators are operating under a non-binding December 13th deadline. House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers and Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski believe an early agreement would allow for more thoughtful, responsible spending decisions - while setting parameters for the budgetary savings that need to be reached in the budget conference and building momentum for a larger budget agreement to address the nation's fiscal challenges. To avoid a repeat of issues this year - Rogers and Mikulski also ask the negotiators to reach an agreement on a discretionary cap for Fiscal Year 2015 - too. Mikulski says she is hopeful the budget conference will agree on a number that replaces sequester sooner rather than later so Congress can write responsible bills that invest in America's national security, public safety and infrastructure - and avoid another shutdown in January and next year.

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