LEGISLATIVE UPDATE AS OF MAY 20, 2019:
On May 8, 2019, the House Appropriations Committee kicked off the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Appropriations season by adopting the 302(b) spending levels for each of the 12 Appropriations Subcommittees and by passing the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Spending bill.
On a party line vote, the Committee adopted an overall discretionary spending level for FY 2020 of $1.295 trillion, the Labor-HHS bill includes $189.9 billion in base discretionary funding, an increase of $11.8 billion over the 2019 enacted level and $48 billion over the President’s 2020 budget request. Included in that total is:
• $41.4 billion for the National Institutes of Health, which is a $2 billion increase and represents a 5% across the board increase for all Institutes;
• $8.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a $900 million increase;
• $50 million, an $11 million increase, for the CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis; and,
• $7.6 billion for HRSA, which is a $475 million increase.
The House Committee continued to move quickly with several other bills, and currently has marked up 7 of the 12 bills in Subcommittee, and 4 bills in Full Committee. They are expected to continue to make progress throughout the month of May.
The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to take up their first bill of the year- the Labor-HHS bill-in early June. It remains unclear what spending level the Senate will adopt for discretionary spending, however most expect it will not be as high as the House level of $1.295 trillion. Not to mention, the President will have to agree to whatever spending levels are settled on by the House and Senate. We are a long way from the end of this process.