House Panel to Mark up Milcon Spending Bill Next Week
Dan Cohen AUTHOR House Appropriations subcommittees are expected to mark up two fiscal 2016 spending bills next week including military construction-veterans affairs, reported CQ.With the FY 2016 budget resolutions passed last month by the House and Senate sticking to the Budget Control Act caps for defense and non-defense spending, a combined $1.017 trillion, the allocation for the milcon spending measure shouldn’t vary much from the current year’s level. Both chambers’ resolutions stuffed $38 billion in extra funds into DOD’s war funding account as a way to sidestep the statutory spending caps, though, so appropriators could opt to allocate some of the additional funds to military construction needs.By moving the milcon spending measure early, House Republicans could be confronting President Obama to veto a popular bill. The White House has indicated the president would not sign any appropriations bills that don’t exceed the mandated budget caps, putting the president on a collision course with the GOP. In the absence of a spending deal between congressional Republicans and the White House, the FY 2016 appropriations process could be easily derailed, according to the story.The other spending measure expected to be taken up next week is energy-water. Both spending bills could reach the House floor before the end of the month.