The U.S. House today approved H.R. 933, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013. The bill provides funding needed to keep the doors of the government open until the end of the 2013 fiscal year on September 30. The current continuing resolution expires on March 27.
The legislation provides full-year funding levels for five Appropriations bills -- Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Commerce, Justice and Science, and Agriculture -- to support critical law enforcement and national security efforts, protect our nation's borders and food supplies, and make key investments in our nation's agricultural and economic infrastructure.
For other federal departments and agencies, funding levels are continued at the fiscal year 2012 levels. In addition, both the House and the Senate included limited, good-government changes to certain specific programs to prevent waste of taxpayer dollars or to avoid undue damage to important programs.
The funding provided is subject to the President's sequestration order, bringing the total discretionary spending level in the bill to $984 billion.
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers praised passage of the legislation:
"This legislation provides funding for essential federal programs and services, helps maintain our national security, and takes a potential shutdown off the table," Rogers said.
"I'm proud that we were able to reach across the aisle -- and across Capitol Hill -- to produce a meaningful, bipartisan bill that funds the government responsibly," Rogers continued. "With the approval of this measure, we have laid the foundation for thoughtful and responsible consideration of Appropriations bills, and can now focus our attention on next year's work. I encourage the President to sign this bill into law without delay."