Summer traditionally marks the time when House and Senate appropriators busily work on spending measures to fund the government for the upcoming fiscal year. Similar to last year, however, the Senate, despite work at the Committee level, may not be in a position to advance the separate bills to the full chamber for debate. As previously reported, the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate, remain approximately $91 billion apart on overall FY 2014 federal government funding, much more than the close to $20 billion difference last year when FY 2013 spending bills were not considered on the Senate floor. More specifically, the House assumes the sequester and caps spending at $967 billion. Senate Democratic leaders (and the White House) have assumed the end of the sequester and Senate appropriators have set the spending limit at the $1.058 trillion level. The White House has issued veto threats on House appropriations bills until there is a budget agreement.