Senate spending allocations unveiled, House allocations still to come

Published on April 23, 2016
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The Senate Appropriations Committee on April 14 passed by a 29-1 roll call vote the fiscal 2017 allocations for its 12 individual subcommittees.

The only senator to vote against the allocations was Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), who sees his subcommittee’s allocation drop by about $500 million to $21.2 billion. The agriculture bill is home to most of the programs for which the AVMA advocates federal spending.

Other subcommittee allocations, in billions, are:

  • Commerce-Justice-Science: $56.3
  • Defense: $515.9; Overseas Contingency Operations: $56.8
  • Energy-Water: $37.5
  • Financial Services: $22.4
  • Homeland Security: $41.2
  • Interior-Environment: $32
  • Labor-HHS-Education: $161.9
  • Legislative Branch: $4.4
  • Military Construction-VA: $83
  • State-Foreign Operations: $37.2; Overseas Contingency Operations: $14.9
  • Transportation-HUD: $56.5

The allocations are consistent with the top-line spending cap of $1.07 trillion approved in the 2015 Balanced Budget Act (P.L. 114-74) and reflect the amounts determined by last year’s budget agreement of $551 billion for defense programs and $518.5 billion for nondefense spending.  The caps represent meager increases from the fiscal 2016 discretionary levels set under the budget deal (PL 114-74).

The House Appropriations Committee, which has been approving individual allocations as subcommittees consider their respective bills, is scheduled to consider interim subcommittee allocations on April 19.

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