The defense spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2013 will be the last appropriations measure brought to the floor of the House before the November elections according to House Republican leadership aides. In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) made it clear that the Senate would not take up any of the 12 annual spending bills (FY 2013) before the election. This Tuesday announcement was not received well by the House Republican leadership.
"It is extremely disappointing that the Senate democrat leadership is defaulting on their most basic fiscal duty as representatives of the people of this country," House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (Ky.) said in a statement. "The 12 annual appropriations bills cannot be swept under the rug and ignored until a more convenient political time."
The six bills the full House has passed include Commerce, Justice and Science; Energy and Water; Homeland Security; the Legislative Branch; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; as well as Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.
The five appropriation measures it appears the House will delay until after the election are Agriculture; Financial Services; Interior and Environment; State and Foreign Operations; and Labor-Health and Human Services appropriations bills.