The Hill: Senate Dems unveil changes to House bill funding government

By Erik Wasson – 03/07/13 03:30 PM ET

Senate Democrats plan to significantly alter legislation from the House to avoid a government shutdown by tacking on three appropriations bills. 

Among other changes, their version of the continuing resolution (CR) would give the Obama administration greater flexibility to carry out this year’s $85 billion spending cut from sequestration. 

Rather than give federal agencies blanket authority to pick and choose where to spend money, the bill from Senate Democrats would enhance the “reprogramming authority” of President Obama’s Cabinet.

Agency heads would have the ability to shift their funds between programs, so long as they receive permission from appropriators in Congress. 

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