• Senate Sets Spending Levels
  • June 24, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted along party lines to move ahead with a spending plan that sets spending levels at $1.058 trillion - a number that is $91 billion higher than the spending levels set by the Republican controlled House.

    Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) said, “I am not willing to accept that sequester is the new normal.”

    The vote sets the stage for a confrontation with the House not only on the amount of spending, but also on where the money goes. The House passed- budget adds tens of billions of dollars to the defense budget at the expense of domestic discretionary program spending - something the Senate plan does not do.