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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR JUNE 23, 2009:

Appropriations and Policy Update


FY 2010 Appropriations

The House Appropriations Committee began work on the 12 FY 2010 spending bills by passing its 302(b)s spending allocations on June 9th. Also during the week of June 7th, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Commerce, Justice and Science bill, the Homeland Security bill and the Legislative Branch bill. The House passed the Commerce, Justice and Science bill on June 18th by a vote of 259-157 and passed the Legislative Branch spending bill on June 19th by a vote of 232-178. It is expected the House will take up and pass the Homeland Security, and the Interior and Environment spending bills the week of June 22nd. House leaders are planning on passing all 12 bills prior to the August recess. 

Below is a tentative markup and floor calendar for the House Appropriations bills.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1 JUNE

 

 

 

2 Votes at 6:30

3

4

Sub:CJS

5

8 Votes at 6:30

Sub:Homeland

 

 

9

Sub:Leg

FULL:CJS

10

Sub:Interior

11

Sub:Agriculture

12

FULL:Homeland

Leg

15 Votes at 6:30

 

 

 

16

Sub:Milcon

17

Sub:SFOPS

FLOOR:CJS

18

FULL:Agriculture

Interior

19

FLOOR:Homeland

22

No Votes

23 Votes at 6:30

Sub:Financial Services

FLOOR:Homeland

24

FULL:SFOPS

FULL:MilCon

FLOOR:Leg

25

Sub:E&W

FLOOR:Interior

26

FLOOR:Interior

29

 

 

 

30

JULY

1

2

3

6 No Votes

7 Votes at 6:30

FULL:E & W

FULL:Financial Services

8

Sub:Labor-HHS

FLOOR: Agriculture

9

FLOOR: Agriculture

FLOOR:SFOPS

10

FLOOR:SFOPS

13 Votes at 6:30

Sub:Defense

Floor: MILCON

 

14

FULL: Labor-HHS

15

Sub: THUD

FLOOR: E & W

15

FLOOR: E & W

17

FLOOR: Financial Services

20 Votes at 6:30

 

 

 

21

FULL: Defense, THUD

22

FLOOR: Labor-HHS

23

FLOOR: Labor-HHS

24

FLOOR: Labor-HHS

27 Votes at 6:30

 

 

 

 

28

FLOOR:THUD

29

FLOOR:
THUD

30

FLOOR:Defense

31

The Senate is expected to begin marking up its version of the bills the week of June 22nd starting with the Homeland Security, Interior and Legislative Branch bills.

302(b) Spending Ceilings

Consistent with the Congressional budget process and the requirements of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, each year the Appropriations Committees must adopt spending ceilings for its subcommittees. Below is a comparison of the House and Senate spending ceilings for FY 2010 for each of the subcommittees.

FY 2010 302B BUDGET ALLOCATIONS
DISCRETIONARY FUNDING
($ in millions) 

Subcommittee

House BA

Senate BA

House Compared to Senate

Agriculture

$22,900

$23,050

-$150

CJS

64,314

64,800

-486

Defense

508,040

508,045

-5

Energy & W.

33,300

33,750

-450

Fin. Services

23,550

24,400

-850

Homeland Sec.

42,384

42,685

-301

Interior/EPA

32,300

32,100

-200

Labor-HHS

160,654

163,100

-2,446

Legislative

4,700

4,622

-78

Mil Const/VA

76,500

76,700

-200

State/For. Ops.

48,843

48,700

+143

Transpo/HUD

68,821

67,600

+1,221

Full Cmte Allowance

--

--

TOTAL

$1,086,306

$1,089,652

-$3,346

FY 2009 Supplemental Bill

House and Senate conferees reached agreement on a $106 billion FY 2009 supplemental appropriations bill. In addition to war funding for Iraq and Afghanistan, the bill also included funds for Pakistan, pandemic flu, and 'cash for clunkers' to encourage people to trade in older vehicles for ones that are more fuel efficient.
The House passed the conference report by a vote of 226-202 on June 16th and the Senate followed suit on June 18th by a vote of 91-05. The bill faced opposition from anti-war Democrats and Republicans who opposed the bill's $8 billion in funding for the International Monetary Fund.

Health Care Reform: In the Senate

On June 6th, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee unveiled its draft legislation titled the 'Affordable Health Choices Act' and began marking up the bill on June 17th. The committee is scheduled to continue marking up the legislation during the week of June 21st. The four major areas addressed in the HELP bill include choice; cost reduction; prevention; and health system modernization.
The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to continue its mark up following the July 4th recess.

Health Care Reform: In the House

On June 23rd, three key House committees begin work on their own draft healthcare bill which was released by House Democratic chairmen on June 19th. The Education & Labor and Energy & Commerce Committees began their hearings on June 23rd. The bill includes a public insurance option, mandates for individuals and employers to purchase insurance and the creation of an exchange where people can go to compare and buy coverage. House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel will work with committee Democrats to come up with revenue raisers to offset the cost of the bill. The total price tag is still unknown as is the spending scoring by the Congressional Budget Office. Key provisions in the House bill include coverage and choice; affordability; shared responsibility; prevention and wellness; workforce investments; and controlling costs.

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