Senate to Begin Appropriations Process Week of June 17

The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to begin consideration of annual appropriations bills starting the week of June 17, according to The Hill.

Combined, the Senate bills are expected to spend $1.058 trillion for the federal fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The figure assumes that sequestration will be eliminated.

By comparison, the House has begun moving versions of these same bills assuming just $967 billion in total spending, $91 billion less than the Senate. The House has elected to concentrate its cuts on domestic programs, prompting veto threats from President Obama.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) reportedly hopes to force Senate Republicans to offer amendments that would reduce spending levels to those on the House side, thereby drawing the public's attention to differences between the two parties.

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