Senate and House May Be Close On Major Budget Issues

As the FY 2016 budget faces its House floor debate this week, the Senate will follow with its own decisions in the coming days. Early indications, both publicly and informally, suggest that the two chambers may share views on many of the major elements that make up the annual spending plan.

From the Baltimore Sun:

Though both chambers have long been controlled by Democrats, in many years the House and Senate arrive at a conference committee with starkly different approaches and priorities — leading to deadlocks that continue as long as the final hours of the 90-day session.

This year, however, Kasemeyer and House Appropriations Chairwoman Maggie McIntosh of Baltimore say their priorities are largely the same.

The House and Senate alternate which years they go first in voting on the budget, and this is the House’s year. The House will begin voting Wednesday on amendments to the budget bill crafted by the Appropriations Committee and will take a final vote by the end of the week.

Read the Sun coverage online.


Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties