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Sen. Barbara Mikulski Wants Two-Year Sequester Replacement Plan

Barbara_Mikulski_EGovSenate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) wants both a one-year and a two-year framework to replace sequestration cuts, Federal News Radio reported Nov. 8.

Jack Moore writes she brought up her idea on the Senate floor last week, where a House-Senate budget conference committee would discuss how to reconcile two competing budget plans for fiscal 2014.

Mikulski and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) told Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash), co-chairs of the budget conference committee, to come up with a proposal on or before Dec. 2 in a letter.

“This is absolutely crucial because we cannot do discretionary spending for fiscal ’14 until we hear from the Budget Committee,” Mikulski said Tuesday, according to the report.

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