The House Appropriations Committee on Monday introduced a spending bill that assumes the $85 billion sequester goes forward but takes several steps to cushion the Pentagon and other agencies from the blow.
The $982 billion bill would fund the government through the end of fiscal year 2013 on Sept. 30 and prevent a government shutdown after March 27, when a current temporary spending bill runs out.
It assumes that the sequester cuts that began going into effect on March 1 stay in place, but shifts $10.4 billion into the Pentagon’s operations and maintenance account to give the Defense Department more flexibility to prioritize readiness and training programs that were threatened by a full-year continuing resolution.
It also takes several steps to help other agencies from the cuts.
These include provisions aimed at making sure border and nuclear security are maintained, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation maintains staff levels, that security at embassies is increased in the wake of the Benghazi attacks, that the Forest Service has more money to fight wildfires and that federal prisons have enough staff.