Democrats and Republicans in Congress, under the leadership of budget chairs Patty Murray and Paul Ryan, recently agreed on a budget deal which specifies government funding levels for 2014. Of course, a budget does not by itself authorize the federal government to spend money. That requires an appropriations bill, and if such a bill is not passed by January 15, there will be another government shutdown.
Now last time we had to pass an appropriations bill, at the end of September of last year, Republicans attached a policy rider to the bill which would have defended all of Obamacare's discretionary spending, although after the ensuing shutdown this was negotiated down to a policy rider that expedited income verification for Obamacare subsidies.
So my question is, do Republicans have any similar plans to attach policy riders to the upcoming appropriations bill? The Murray-Ryan deal included agreement on level of spending in the upcoming bill, but I don't know whether they agreed on whether there would be policy riders.