On April 22, the House Appropriations Committee adopted a spending blueprint that calls for deep cuts to the spending plan outlined earlier this year by the White House, which attempts to avoid certain areas that have stalled budget negotiations in the past. Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) made sure to add money to protect housing and transportation programs, which had been sticking points two years ago. Rogers' plan would allocate $14.6 billion less than Obama's plan for annual labor, and health and human services spending.
Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, must strike a delicate balance in order to advance their own fiscal goals in a way that will survive a Presidential veto. The next step for the Appropriations bill will be to try to move it to the floor for a vote.