House and Senate on Recess Until April 13; Face Quick Action on Budget Conference Agreement Upon Return

Posted on: April 3rd, 2015 by NADO Admin

The House and Senate are scheduled to return from a two-week recess on April 13.  Before departing, both bodies passed their respective budget resolutions.  Congress has a statutory deadline of April 15 to approve a budget conference agreement and so work has been going on behind the scenes to reconcile difference between the House and Senate budget resolutions in hope that a compromise agreement can be approved by the deadline.  The biggest sticking point is defense spending.  During consideration of their budget resolution, the House adopted a substitute amendment to increase the limit on war spending in fiscal year (FY) 2016 to $96 billion and remove a requirement that the spending be offset.  The Senate included in their budget resolution a point of order holding war spending at $58 billion in FY2016.

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