FY13 Appropriations Process Moves Forward as Subcommittees Begin to Markup Bills

Posted on: April 18th, 2012 by NADO Admin

This week the House and Senate have begun to hold appropriations “markups” at the subcommittee level of several key FY2013 appropriations bills. A markup is the process by which a U.S. congressional committee debates, amends, and approves proposed legislation.

These markups are one of the first steps of the appropriations process (final FY2013 agency and program levels will be determined later in the year), and provide a very important first glance at the initial appropriations numbers which will be used in final House and Senate negotiations over FY2013 appropriations.

Today, three appropriations subcommittees held markups—one in the House and two in the Senate.  The following is a brief overview of some of the FY2013 funding levels included in the appropriations subcommittee bills.  More details will be released in the next several days.

  1. The Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee (which has funding jurisdiction over EDA):
    • Economic Development Administration (EDA):  The Senate subcommittee bill provides $238 million for EDA, which is $20 million below the FY2012 level and $19 million above the President’s FY2013 budget request.
    • The Senate subcommittee bill provides $38 million for the Salaries and Expenses account (essentially level with current funding) and $200 million for Economic Development Assistance Programs, including $25 million for the Administration’s Regional Innovation Partnership program.  Details have not yet been released for the Planning, Public Works, and Economic Adjustment Assistance accounts. 
    • The House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a markup of their FY2013 bill on Thursday, March 19.
  1. The Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee (which has funding jurisdiction over U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs):

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs:

    • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program: The Senate subcommittee bill includes $3.1 billion for CDBG grant funding, $152 million above the FY2012 level. The President’s FY2013 budget request included $2.94 billion for CDBG.
    • HOME Investment Partnership: The Senate subcommittee bill includes $1 billion for the HOME Investment Partnership program, which is level with FY2012 and the President’s FY2013 budget request.
    • Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI): The Senate subcommittee bill includes $50 million within HUD’s Community Development Fund for the Sustainable Communities Initiative. The funding included in the bill will provide grants for integrated housing and transportation planning efforts on both the regional and local level. No funding was provided for SCI in FY2012 and the President’s FY2013 budget request included $100 million for SCI.

U.S. Department of Transportation programs:

    • Funding for Significant Transportation Projects (“TIGER” program): The Senate subcommittee bill includes $500 million for grants to support significant transportation projects in a wide variety of modes, including highways and bridges, public transportation, passenger and freight railroads, and port infrastructure. The bill requires the Secretary to allocate no less than $120 million for projects in rural communities. The funding included in the Senate bill is level with FY2012 and level with the President’s FY2013 budget request.
    • Highway Investments: The Senate subcommittee bill includes $39.1 billion for the annual Federal-aid Highway program to support essential investments in roads and bridges, and is level with FY2012. (This amount supports SAFETEA-LU levels for highways)
    • Transit Investments: The Senate subcommittee bill includes $2.044 billion for the transit “New Starts” program, which is $89 million above the FY2012 level.
    • Rail Investments: The Senate subcommittee bill includes $1.75 billion for rail infrastructure, of which $1.45 billion is for Amtrak. Of the total amount provided, $100 million is for the High Performance Passenger Rail grant program to assist states with the improvement of existing intercity services, congestion mitigation and multi-state planning initiatives. This funding is $126 million above the FY2012 level.
  1. The House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee (which has funding jurisdiction over the federal-state regional commissions)
    • Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC): The House subcommittee bill includes $75.317 million for the ARC, $7.05 million above the FY2012 level and $10.46 million above the President’s FY2013 budget request.
    • Delta Regional Authority (DRA): The House subcommittee bill includes $11.67 million for the DRA, which is level with the FY2012 funding.  The President’s FY2013 budget request included $11.31 million for DRA.
    • Denali Commission: The House subcommittee bill includes $10.67 million for the commission, level with FY2012 funding. The President’s FY2013 budget request included $10.16 million for the Commission.
    • Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC): The House subcommittee bill includes $1.425 million for the Commission, just slightly less than the FY2012 level of $1.49 million.  The President’s FY2013 budget request included $1.42 million for NBRC.
    • Southeast Crescent Regional Commission: The House subcommittee bill includes $250,000 for the Commission, level with FY2012 funding. The President’s FY2013 budget request did not include funding for the Commission.
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