By Erik Wasson - 07/16/13 04:08 PM EDT
The Commerce, Justice, Science bill was approved on an unanimous voice vote, although Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said he would vote against CJS in full committee in protest of the overall budget allocation the Senate is using.
The Homeland Security bill passed on a 9 to 2 vote with Shelby and subcommittee Ranking Member Dan Coats (R-Ind.) voting against the bill.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said the House CJS bill is inadequate pretty much across the board, from export promotion to funding police officers.
“There is not one item, oh wow. It’s the entire CJS,” she said. “There’s a marked difference of $5 billion.”
But she signaled that if the top-line budget difference of $91 billion between the House and Senate is resolved, the CJS bill could quickly come together. She offered praise for the approach the chairman of the House Appropriations CJS subcommittee, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.)
“I think if Congressman Wolf were here, I think we are in agreement on the core national priorities,” she said. “What we don’t agree is on these numbers and these numbers are a result of powers above us.”