Appropriators Warn Budget Conference — Again

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) (L), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (2L) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) (R) listen while Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) speak to the press with other House Republican conferees on Capitol Hill October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill last night. 
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Sarah Mimms and Billy House
Nov. 19, 2013, 5:58 a.m.

Top Re­pub­lic­ans on the House Ap­pro­pri­ations Com­mit­tee are ask­ing mem­bers of bicam­er­al Budget Con­fer­ence Com­mit­tee to “re­double” their ef­forts to set top-line budget num­bers by Thanks­giv­ing, or Dec. 2 at the latest.

In a let­ter Monday to Rep. Paul Ry­an and Sen. Patty Mur­ray, the con­fer­ence co-chairs, House Ap­pro­pri­ations Chair­man Hal Ro­gers, R-Ky., and oth­er lead­ing Re­pub­lic­ans warn that if a “timely agree­ment” can­not be reached, the al­tern­at­ives could lead to “ex­tremely dam­aging re­per­cus­sions.”

The let­ter comes as some law­makers say there is little sense of ur­gency for the con­fer­ence to reach a deal. There are no spe­cif­ic re­per­cus­sions if its Dec. 13 dead­line to re­port back to Con­gress is missed, and a new gov­ern­ment fund­ing mech­an­ism does not need to be put in place un­til Jan. 15.

Ap­pro­pri­at­ors in both the House and Sen­ate pre­vi­ously told the con­fer­ence com­mit­tee they need the top-line budget num­bers to be­gin craft­ing the ap­pro­pri­ations bills that will spell out how fund­ing is dis­trib­uted.


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