1. So it Begins

    House Tries to Cover Defense Spending

    The US Capitol in Washington, DC, is seen February 28, 2013. Two competing bills aimed at averting huge spending cuts failed February 28, 2013 in the US Senate, virtually assuring that the USD 85 billion in indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts known as the sequester will kick in after the March 1, 2013  deadline. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    This'll make up for that whole sequester thing...right? The House Appropriations Committee introduced a $982 billion spending bill on Monday that would prevent a government shutdown after March 27 and fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. The bill also includes a $10.4 billion shift into the Pentagon's operations and maintenance account, in order to give the Defense Department more flexibility with the readiness and training programs that were threatened by a full-year continuing resolution. The bill comes to the House floor on Thursday.

    Read it at The Hill