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Tim Embree, an Iraq veteran and a legislative associate of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, explained the ramifications for vets if the defense spending act does not pass Congress.
Whatever happens, it has to happen before 12:01 am Sunday! The Hill's Bob Cusack breaks it all down for us.
The $1.1 trillion Senate omnibus bill would authorize President Obama's pay freeze proposal. But it protects against furloughs or reductions-in-force. The Senate's bill would replace the House's version, which is a continuing resolution. Lawmakers must approve a bill before Dec. 19 when the current CR expires.
With the emphasis on "should." Without Senate passage of federal funding, the current continuing resolution expires Saturday night. The President's proposed pay freeze is part of the funding package passed by the House last week and is now in the hands of the Senate.
The Washington Post's Federal Eyes breaks down the spending items within the bill.
The House measure wraps all the unfinished annual spending bills into a single catchall measure while freezing spending at last year's levels. One of the biggest surprises in the act is the inclusion of a two year pay freeze as proposed by President Obama.
The House GOP conference picked chairmen for House committees. The new Republican House majority will be sworn in next month.