Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2013 Budget Cuts Stay; Parties Eye 2014

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2013 Budget Cuts Stay; Parties Eye 2014

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WASHINGTON --

After approving the current year's federal government funding bill that leaves in place $85 billion in cuts, the two parties turned their attention to 2014 and beyond.

The House today passed a huge stopgap spending bill to keep the government open through September, sidestepping threat of a government shutdown.

The bipartisan 318-109 vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama.

The measure would fund the day-to-day operating budgets of every Cabinet agency through Sept. 30, provide another $87 billion for overseas military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and maintain a pay freeze for federal workers.

The measure leaves in place automatic spending cuts of 5 percent to domestic programs and 8 percent to the Pentagon that will mean job furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal workers but takes steps to ease the impact of those cuts to food inspection and college assistance for active duty military.

The Senate approved the measure Wednesday.

After taking action on that bill, the Republican-controlled House passed a Tea Party-flavored budget plan with sharp cuts in safety- net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies, in sharp contrast to less austere plans favored by Mr. …

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