The committee's chairman, Del. Lacey Putney of Bedford, said the uncertainty about whether Congress will act to avoid deep, automatic cuts clouds conditions the 2013 General Assembly will face and advocated more pessimistic assumptions.
Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, center, acknowledges applause of the committee along with State Sen. Walter Stosch, R-Henrico, left, and House Speaker William Howell, R-Stafford, right, during Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's presentation of the budget during a meeting of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.