House appropriators move second bill under Ryan budget

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“We still have ten bills to consider – at this rate there won’t be adequate funding left for education, medical research, transportation infrastructure, energy development, and other priorities to help grow our economy,” she said at the Thursday markup.

She said that she still hopes a budget agreement can be reached to avoid producing those bills at the lower spending level, which she said could lead to a stopgap measure when fiscal 2014 begins.

Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said the committee would continue processing the bill “under the most severe circumstances.”

Both sides predicted easy passage of the Homeland Security measure unless poison pills are added.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said he feared, given the hot immigration debate ongoing in Congress, that opponents of immigration reform would use the bill on the floor to defund or block the reform effort. 

Subcommittee Chairman John Carter (R-Texas) said he would work to prevent that from happening.

“Immigration amendments belong on an immigration bill in my view,” he said. 

“As long as no poison pills are added in full committee or on the floor … there is a reasonable chance of this bill getting enacted on time,” Lowey said.