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Posted at 3 p.m. on July 14, 2014
Congressional appropriators are struggling with the fiscal 2015 spending bills, and both the House and Senate versions of the Labor-HHS-Education bill have not yet to emerged from the committee level. The House subcommittee for the bill is led by Georgia Republican Jack Kingston, who is also vying for his party’s nomination in a July 22 primary runoff election for a Senate seat.
Roll Call reported last month that internal polls put Kingston slightly ahead in the race, which is for the seat being vacated by Republican Saxby Chambliss.
It’s hardly the first time an Appropriations “cardinal” has found himself with a bill to move and a primary to win. Kingston’s predecessor at helm of the subcommittee, Republican Denny Rehberg, faced a similar problem and he failed in his 2012 attempt to unseat Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.
The Labor-HHS-Education spending bill is always contentious and in recent years has been stymied by partisan differences over extending or adding funding for the implementation of the 2010 health care overhaul.
CQ Roll Call reports that health agency and program funding is likely headed toward a stopgap continuing resolution, extending current funding levels until at least November.