House Appropriations subpanel approves Homeland Security bill

Work on spending bills have been stymied by the lack of a budget plan and Democratic concerns over a bleak long-term budget outlook and voting for a budget with loads of red ink during an election year. 

The House didn't adopt a budget plan this year although there are plans in the works for a one-year spending proposal that would cut about $7 billion from the $1.12 trillion President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaOfficial: Trump 'looking at' future of US sanctions on Russia Lawmakers reintroduce measure to lift Cuba travel restrictions Canada proposes methane pollution standards for oil and gas drilling MORE requested. The plan would set a cap for the 12 regular fiscal 2011 appropriations bills. 

House Budget Chairman John M. Spratt Jr. , D-S.C., said earlier this week that the plan wouldn't include the normal five-year budget forecast that would show future deficits.