On March 21, the House passed, 318-109, the Senate substitute amendment to the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 (H.R. 933) to fund all government agencies and programs through September 30, 2013. The Senate approved the underlying bill, 73-26, on March 20. During consideration of the measure, the Senate adopted, 70-29, a substitute amendment by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) (see The Source, 3/15/13). The House passed an earlier version of H.R. 933 on March 6 (see The Source, 3/8/13). President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.
As amended, H.R. 933 will extend most funding levels from last year’s continuing resolution (P.L. 112-175) (see The Source, 9/21/12) that is set to expire on March 27, but includes full-year appropriations bills for Defense; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; and Homeland Security. The bill will provide a total of $1.043 trillion in discretionary spending, consistent with the cap set by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25).