This week in Congress: Members weigh FY 2013 spending
With Congress out of session Monday and Tuesday to observe Rosh Hashanah and next week for Yom Kippur, only eight days remain in the legislative session before the November election.
This week the Senate is expected to pass a temporary spending measure to keep government operating for six months, that at press time last week was expected to pass the House.
The measure encompasses 12 spending bills Congress failed to pass this year to fund fiscal year 2013 spending at $1.047 trillion, and includes (in millions):
Commerce, Justice, Science $50,422
Energy, Water $33,007
Financial Services $21,381
Homeland Security $40,114
Labor, HHS, Education $157,476
Legislative Branch $4,329
Military Construction, VA $75,704
State-Foreign Operations $42,313
Meanwhile, the House will hold a hearing Thursday on the anticipated report by the Justice Department’s inspector general into the Obama administration’s failures in the Fast and Furious “gun walking” operation.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will discuss domestic threats and agency responses during a Wednesday hearing.
On Thursday, the House Homeland Security Committee will examine the BioWatch program and a recently released report by the Government Accountability Office.
Additionally, the Senate Special Committee on Aging will examine waste and fraud in Medicare during a Wednesday hearing.