U.S. House Appropriations Update; Cuts to Non-Defense Programs Likely

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by NADO Admin

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee is circulating a $967 billion spending plan for FY2014 that would preserve national security funding by making deep cuts to non-defense programs for the 12 annual spending bills for 2014. The $967 billion House spending plan keeps sequestration in place, while the Obama Administration and Senate want to replace sequestration and set spending levels at $1.059 trillion for 2014. This is a $92 billion spending difference between the two chambers.

For FY2014, House allocations provide a combined $625 billion for the Defense, Military Construction-VA, and Homeland Security bills, a cut of less than a percent from current spending levels. Discretionary spending for the rest of the government are covered by the nine other spending bills, which would face cuts by about $72 billion, or 17 percent from current levels. The Labor-HHS-Education bill, which funds all federal employment and workforce programs, would be funded at $121.8 billion, about $35 billion or 18.6 percent less than the current sequester level.

NADO signed a coalition letter with more than 900 other education, health, and workforce training organizations to inform House appropriators of NADO’s strong objections to the proposed cuts to the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill. Click here to view the coalition letter.

Additionally, House allocations for the Commerce, Science, and Justice Appropriations bill, which includes funding for the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), would be funded at $46 billion for FY2014, a cut of $4.3 billion from FY2013. Specific agency and program funding breakdowns have not been released in a House Commerce, Science, and Justice draft bill by the subcommittee. Click here to view a funding table of the House allocation breakdown for FY2014.

This week, House Appropriators approved by voice vote the FY2014 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill (http://appropriations NULL.house NULL.gov/news/documentsingle NULL.aspx?DocumentID=334811). In the coming weeks, the House Appropriations Committee is likely to consider the Defense and Agriculture spending bills. The appropriations process is likely to become more difficult as funding levels decrease and political opposition increases, making it unclear how many of the annual bills will move to the House floor. As has been the case over the past few appropriations cycles, the gap in spending almost guarantees that continuing funding resolutions (CRs) will be needed to keep government operating until Congress reaches a compromise on fiscal and budgetary issues.

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