Budget Conference Committee Schedules First Meeting for Next Wednesday

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Paul Ryan
National Journal
Billy House
Oct. 23, 2013, 3:31 p.m.

The 29 mem­bers of the budget con­fer­ence com­mit­tee are form­ally set to hold their first meet­ing next Wed­nes­day, with the pan­el fa­cing a dead­line of Dec. 13 for com­ing up with a re­port of re­com­mend­a­tions for the full House and Sen­ate.

Sen­ate Budget Com­mit­tee Chair­wo­man Patty Mur­ray, D-Wash., and House Budget Com­mit­tee Chair­man Paul Ry­an, R-Wis., as well as all oth­er mem­bers of the pan­el, will have an op­por­tun­ity to give open­ing state­ments.

This ini­tial meet­ing is sched­uled to start at 10 a.m. in a room on the House side of the Cap­it­ol and is open to the press and pub­lic. It also will be tele­vised.

The com­mit­tee will seek to find com­prom­ises between the widely di­ver­gent ver­sions of a spend­ing plan for fisc­al 2014 that have been passed by the two cham­bers. Any re­con­cili­ation would have to be ap­proved by both cham­bers.

The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment is be­ing fun­ded now un­der the tem­por­ary spend­ing lan­guage ap­proved last week to end the gov­ern­ment shut­down. That ex­pires Jan. 15, and some new fund­ing mech­an­ism for agen­cies will be needed by then. Wheth­er that will be a longer-term plan, or wheth­er an­oth­er stop­gap bill will be needed, could de­pend on the suc­cess of this budget con­fer­ence com­mit­tee in find­ing some com­prom­ises.

A plan­ning ses­sion was be­ing held by some com­mit­tee mem­bers and staffers Wed­nes­day night. Wheth­er all of the com­mit­tee’s de­lib­er­a­tions and meet­ings will be pub­lic re­mains un­cer­tain.

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