On August 19, Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) reiterated his commitment to honoring the debt limit agreement negotiated by the White House and congressional leaders despite the fact that some earlier Republican-supported Appropriations bills called for much greater cuts. Two days prior, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) circulated a memo attempting to persuade fellow Republicans to avoid another large appropriations spending fight in September. Prior to the debt deal, which capped appropriations spending at $1.043 trillion, the House voted to limit appropriations spending to $1.019 trillion, or about $24 billion less. Between the two chambers, 12 appropriations bills need to be passed during an already busy September and October, but in all likelihood one or more continuing resolutions will be passed in September in order to avoid a government shutdown and give Congress more time to negotiate full year appropriations.