Appropriators begin work on Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations under tight spending limits

Congress returns today after a two week recess and both chambers will work on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 spending bills. The House will be working with the lower $1.028 trillion discretionary limit set by the House-passed Budget Resolution while the Senate will be using the $1.047 trillion cap set by the Budget Control Act (BCA). The different starting points indicate that there will be a need to reconcile the two versions. If a compromise cannot be found, a Continuing Resolution is likely. The specific FY 2013 allocations are expected soon. To date, only one spending bill for disability-related programs has been scheduled for markup. The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (T-HUD) bill will be marked up by the Senate subcommittee beginning on April 17.

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