Appropriations – This Is Getting Interesting

Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed on a largely bipartisan voted to spending targets for the fiscal year 2013 appropriations that are the same as the spending targets in the last summer’s debt deal.  Why is this so important?  Well, as noted in this blog post, the House’s budget would set spending below those spending targets and this produced a  preemptive veto threat from President Obama for any appropriations bills sent to him below the agreed upon spending targets.  It was not surprising to see the House Republicans and the Obama White House on different sides of this issue. What was more surprising was the the bipartisan 27-2 vote of the Senate Committee to agree to set the spending targets to the same as level as those in the debt deal.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was one of those Republicans voting with the majority.  This seems to send the signal that Senate Republicans are ready to move forward the debt deal spending limit, which again, are higher than the House spending limits, even if it means a tension with their Republican colleagues in the House. Getting to the appropriations end game just got a little more interesting.
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Jodie Curtis

About Jodie Curtis

Jodie A. Curtis is a senior government relations director in Drinker Biddle & Reath's Washington, D.C., office. She has considerable experience in government, congressional affairs and health care policy representing and advancing the legislative and regulatory interests of non-profit, advocacy and health organizations. Her particular strengths are: strategic planning to craft winning tactics for clients to meet their public policy goals, fostering relationships with Congressional Members and staff, working the federal appropriations and authorization processes, building coalitions, developing public policies and setting organization priorities, planning and executing Capitol Hill advocacy days for hundreds of participants and organizing successful and creative grassroots campaigns. Jodie has particular experience in patient advocacy and global health. She has conducted dozens of training programs to teach citizens about their government and train them to be effective advocates at the local, state and federal levels and has lectured about health policy at numerous conferences and round tables.

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