And they’re off! Not the horses at this weekend’s Kentucky Derby, but lawmakers taking up the fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget. Getting the earliest start in recent memory, the House passed the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs spending bill Wednesday to kick off the appropriations season. The non-controversial bill passed overwhelmingly with 416 ayes to one nay. House leadership quickly followed with the Legislative Branch spending bill and Commerce, Justice, Science is on deck to come up next week.