Washington, DC (December 16, 2013) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget bill by a significant margin last week crafted by a bipartisan effort of the House and Senate Budget Committee Chairs, Rep. Paul Ryan (R– WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). The U.S. Senate is taking up the bill today, and Congressional leaders hope to pass it by week’s end. If passed, the budget deal is expected to allow for increased spending in domestic discretionary programs, including programs of the U.S. Forest Service such as the Urban and Community Forestry Program (U&CF).
While the budget deal seems to be good news, the actual program funding levels will not be set until after the budget bill is passed. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees will have until January 15th, when the current Continuing Resolution expires, to pass their FY 2014 funding bills.
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