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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR JULY 9, 2009:

Appropriations & Policy Update


FY 2010 Appropriations

The House and Senate continued work on the remaining FY 2010 spending bills after returning from the July 4th recess.  The full House began consideration of the Agriculture Appropriations bill on July 8th and is expected to move on to the State & Foreign Operations bill later this week.  The House Appropriations Committee has marked up the Financial Services and Energy & Water both completed on July 7th leaving only the Labor-HHS, Transportation and Defense bills to be marked up and moved to the House floor.

The Senate returned to work on Monday July 6th and passed the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill by a vote of 67-25 and then turned to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill on July 7th.   The Senate Appropriations Committee will also mark up the Agriculture and the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs, Energy & Water and Foreign Operations bills during the week of July 6th.  

A status table for the House and Senate Appropriation bills follows:

Status of FY 2010 Appropriation Bills
July 8, 2009

HOUSE

Appropriations

Subcommittee

Subcommittee Markup

Full Committee

Markup

Floor Action

Agriculture

 

DONE (June 11)

DONE (June 18)

PENDING

Commerce, Justice and Science

DONE (June 4)

DONE (June 9)

PASSED (June 18)

Defense

 

July 13

July 21

July 30

Energy & Water

 

DONE (June 25)

DONE (July 7)

July 15

Financial Services

 

DONE (June 25)

DONE (July 7)

July 17

Homeland Security

 

DONE (June 8)

DONE (June 12)

PASSED (June 24)

Interior & Environment

 

DONE (June 10)

DONE (June 18)

PASSED (June 26)

Labor, Health and Human Services

July 10

July 14

July 22

Legislative Branch

 

DONE (June 9)

DONE (June 12)

PASSED (June 19)

Military Construction/ Veterans Affairs

DONE (June 6)

DONE (June 23)

July 13

State & Foreign Operations

DONE (June 17)

DONE (June 23)

July 9

Transportation/Housing and Urban Development

July 15

July 21

July 29


SENATE

Appropriations

Subcommittee

Subcommittee Markup

Full Committee

Markup

Floor Action

Agriculture

 

DONE (July 7)

DONE (July 7)

 

Commerce, Justice and Science

DONE (June 24)

DONE (June 25)

 

Defense

 

*

*

 

Energy & Water

 

DONE (July 8)

July 9

 

Financial Services

 

DONE (July 8)

July 9

 

Homeland Security

 

DONE (June 17)

DONE (June 18)

PENDING

Interior & Environment

 

DONE (June 23)

DONE (June 25)

 

Labor, Health and Human Services

Late July

Late July

 

Legislative Branch

 

DONE (June 18)

DONE (June 18)

PASSED (July 6)

Military Construction/ Veterans Affairs

DONE (July 6)

DONE (July 7)

 

State & Foreign Operations

Bypassed

July 9

 

Transportation/Housing and Urban Development

*

*

 

* Not Scheduled

Health Care Reform: In the Senate

On July 7, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee resumed work on the 'Affordable Health Choices Act'.  The Committee continues to address the prevention and wellness portion of the bill, one of the major areas addressed in the HELP bill.  The other areas include coverage; choice; cost reduction; and health system modernization.  Acting HELP Chairman Dodd hopes the Committee will complete the bill’s markup this week or next.

The Senate Finance Committee has still not released their version of the bill, and is not expected to start marking up until the second or third week in July.  On July 7, Senate Leader Harry Reid reportedly told Finance Committee Chairman Baucus to forgo efforts to introduce a bipartisan bill.  According to Leader Reid, the compromises necessary to get a few Republican votes, such as adopting a proposal to tax health benefits or potentially abandoning a public option, would be too great and the bill would lose the support of rank and file Democrats.

Leader Reid has the task of combining the bills that pass out of the HELP Committee and the Finance Committee into a single bill for floor consideration, which was originally planned for the week of July 22.  The longer it takes for the Finance Committee to complete action on their bill, the harder it will be for this to be done in a timely manner, and the more likely it will be that the bills will be brought to the floor separately. 

Health Care Reform: In the House

The three key House committees continue to work on their own versions of healthcare bills. The Education & Labor, Energy & Commerce Committee, and the Ways & Means Committee all held hearings the week of June 22 and are expected to continue with hearings the week of July 6.  All three Committees are expected to simultaneously begin markup of the Democrats bill the week of July 13, followed by floor consideration the week of July 27.  A new draft of the bill is expected to be released during the week of July 6 and will include 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; prevention and wellness provisions; workforce investments; and cost controls.  The final CBO scoring of the bill is also expected to be released soon. 


 

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