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Chairman Rogers Introduces Continuing Resolution to Prevent Government Shutdown, Protect National Defense and Veterans


Washington, Mar 4 -

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) to prevent a government shutdown and continue government operations until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013 (H.R. 933).

The legislation includes a full-year Defense Appropriations bill, as well as a full-year Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill. These two individual bills passed the House last year on a broad bipartisan basis, and have been negotiated by both the House and Senate.

Except for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the CR will extend funding for other government agencies at last year’s levels. However, the funding within the bill is subject to sequestration cuts. This means that the funding rate within the legislation is approximately $982 billion – the level required by the President’s sequestration order.

“The legislation will avoid a government shutdown on March 27th, prioritize DoD and Veterans programs, and allow the Pentagon some leeway to do its best with the funding it has,” Chairman Rogers said.

“It is clear that this nation is facing some very hard choices, and it’s up to Congress to pave the way for our financial future,” Rogers said. “But right now, we must act quickly and try to make the most of a difficult situation. This bill will fund essential federal programs and services, help maintain our national security, and take a potential shutdown off the table. This CR package is the right thing to do, and it’s the right time to do it,” Rogers continued.

Continuing Resolution Summary

Level of FundingThe CR extends funding for operations for all federal agencies, programs and services until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013. This funding is subject to sequestration, bringing the top-line overall rate of spending in the CR down to the sequestration level of approximately $982 billion. 

Department of Defense and War Funding:

The CR includes the fiscal year 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, which passed the House on a broad bipartisan basis last year, and which has been negotiated by the House and Senate.

The Defense portion of the legislation includes funding for critical national security needs, and provides the necessary resources to continue the nation’s military efforts abroad. In addition, the bill provides essential funding for health and quality-of-life programs for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.

In total, the bill provides $518.1 billion in non-war funding, which is equal to the fiscal year 2012 level and $2 billion above the President’s request. In addition, the bill contains $87.2 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) for Defense activities related to the Global War on Terror.

All of this funding is subject to sequestration, except where noted below.

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Funding:

The CR includes $71.9 billion in discretionary funding for military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is $210 million above the fiscal year 2012 funding level, and includes increases for Veterans programs balanced by decreases in Military Construction.

This portion of the legislation provides the nation’s military with the infrastructure needed to house, train, and equip military personnel, provides for the quality of life of our troops and their families, and maintains our strong military base structure. The bill also funds veterans’ benefits and programs to ensure that all veterans receive the services they have earned as a result of their sacrifices and service to the country.

All of this funding is subject to sequestration, except where noted below.  

General Items – Virtually all policy and funding provisions included in currently enacted Appropriations legislation will carry forward in the CR. However, some changes to current law are needed to prevent catastrophic, irreversible, or detrimental changes to government programs, or to ensure good government and program oversight. These provisions are funded within the total level of funding in the legislation. Some of these provisions include:

For the full text of the legislation, please visit: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20130304/BILLS-113hr933ih.pdf

 

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