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House and Senate Appropriations Committees Pass Spending Allocations for FY 2013

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The House Budget Resolution also set the overall discretionary spending limits for FY 2013 at $1.028 trillion ($19 billion less than the $1.047 trillion set in the Budget Control Act last August and the President's budget request level). In the House budget plan, funding for defense programs will increase, so the funding cuts to non-defense discretionary are much larger, to the tune of $27 billion. That means the House Appropriations Committee's versions of annual spending bills will include significantly less funding than what's in the President's request.

The Senate will not be producing a separate budget. Its reasoning is that the Budget Control Act passed last year set the spending parameters for the year and it intends to abide by those. As a result, the Senate Appropriations Committee will write its spending bills for FY 2013 at an overall level of $1.047 trillion, the same as the overall level requested in the President's request.

Appropriations bills in both the House of Representatives and the Senate are starting to move through the process; therefore, allocations for each of the 12 annual appropriations bills were set in the past week. These allocations are commonly referred to as the "302(b)s” in Washington, DC. The Labor-HHS-Education bill, where the majority of public health funding is appropriated, sees a $6.3 billion (or 4 percent) reduction below the prior year in the House allocations and a $1.4 billion (or 0.9 percent) increase in the Senate allocations. These allocations set the overall funding levels for the bills only. The Labor-HHS-Education bill itself, with line-by-line appropriation levels, has not yet been finalized by either the House or the Senate.

A full listing of the allocations or 302(b)s is provided here:

302(b) Discretionary Allocations - House and Senate Compared to FY 2012*

$s in millions

 

 

FY 2013 302(b)

 

 

 

 

Appropriations Subcommittee

FY 2012

House

Senate

House v. FY12

Senate v. FY12

Agriculture

19.770

19.405

20.785

-0.365

-1.8%

1.015

5.1%

Commerce, Justice, Science

52.744

51.131

51.862

-1.613

-3.1%

-0.882

-1.7%

Defense

518.146

519.220

511.161

1.074

0.2%

-6.985

-1.3%

Energy and Water Development

32.010

32.098

33.361

0.088

0.3%

1.351

4.2%

Financial Services and General Government

21.526

21.150

22.991

-0.376

-1.7%

1.465

6.8%

Homeland Security

39.600

39.117

39.514

-0.483

-1.2%

-0.086

-0.2%

Interior, Environment

29.175

28.000

29.662

-1.175

-4.0%

0.487

1.7%

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education

156.284

150.002

157.722

-6.282

-4.0%

1.438

0.9%

Legislative Branch

4.307

4.289

4.420

-0.018

-0.4%

0.113

2.6%

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs

71.747

71.747

72.241

0.000

0.0%

0.494

0.7%

State, Foreign Operations

42.140

40.132

49.843

-2.008

-4.8%

7.703

18.3%

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development

55.550

51.606

53.438

-3.944

-7.1%

-2.112

-3.8%

TOTAL

1,042.999

1,027.897

1,047.000

-15.102

-1.4%

4.001

0.4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Excludes Overseas Contingency Operations, disasters, and program integrity funding.

The President and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) don't believe the discretionary budget, particularly for the non-defense discretionary side of the budget, should be reduced beyond the BCA levels. In a letter to the House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY), OMB has issued a Presidential veto threat on appropriations bills that are under the $1.047 trillion level set in the BCA. A copy of the letter can be found here.

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