House and Senate Pass FY 2013 Funding Bill

Before departing on a two-week Spring recess, the House and Senate approved a FY 2013 spending bill (H.R. 933) that prevents a government shutdown and authorizes appropriations for the Departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA), Homeland Security (including the U.S. Coast Guard), and other agencies for the remainder of FY 2013. The measure follows a continuing resolution (CR) that expires March 27, 2013. Although sequestration cuts are maintained for the remainder of the fiscal year, the bill provides more money for DoD than the expiring CR and allows greater flexibility on where the mandatory budget cuts are made.

The measure also restores some of the funding for Tuition Assistance that all the services, except the Navy, had eliminated in an effort to reduce spending. Further the Pentagon issued a statement this week delaying furloughs of civilian employees for two-weeks in light of the additional funding.

The President is expected to sign the legislation into law and the Administration is slated to submit its FY 2014 budget request on April 8, 2013.