January 13, 2014
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, House Appropriations Ranking Member Nita Lowey, and Senate Appropriations Ranking Member Richard Shelby today announced the release of the fiscal year 2014 consolidated appropriations bill.
The bill meets the terms set by the Ryan-Murray budget agreement, providing $1.012 trillion for the operation of the federal government and avoiding a government shutdown. The bill repeals the recently enacted cut to cost of living adjustments, or COLAs for disabled military retirees and survivors.
The Chairs and Ranking Members made the following joint statement on the legislation:
“We are pleased to have come to a fair, bipartisan agreement on funding the government for 2014. Although our differences were many and our deadline short, we were able to a draft a solid piece of legislation that meets the guidelines of the Ryan-Murray deal, keeps the government open, and eliminates the uncertainty and economic instability of stop-gap governing. Furthermore, our legislation includes a bipartisan fix to repeal last year’s cut to COLAs for disabled military retirees and survivors.
“As with any compromise, not everyone will like everything in this bill, but in this divided government a critical bill such as this simply cannot reflect the wants of only one party. We believe this is a good, workable measure that will serve the American people well, and we encourage all our colleagues to support it this week.”
After a month of negotiations, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski and House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers have come to an agreement on discretionary funding for the federal government for fiscal year 2014.