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House Appropriations Panel Sets Subcommittee Allocations

April 27, 2012—The House Appropriations Committee April 25 approved, 28-21, its FY 2013 subcommittee or 302(b) allocations.  The House allocations are based on the overall spending cap of $1.028 trillion specified in the House Budget Resolution (H.Con.Res.112), which is $19 billion less than the Budget Control Act (BCA)-mandated cap adopted by the Senate April 19 [see Washington Highlights, April 20].  The committee rejected, 20-29, a proposal by Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), the ranking member on the full committee, to increase the total subcommittee allocations to the BCA level of $1.047 billion.

The committee provided $150.0 billion for the Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee, $6.3 billion (4 percent) less than the FY 2012-enacted level and $7.7 billion less than the Senate allocation. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the ranking member on the Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee, criticized the allocation as disproportionate, noting the “allocations assign more than 40 percent of their cuts to the Labor-HHS bill, even though it represents only about 15 percent of discretionary appropriations.” She went on to say, “Investments in education and medical research and job training did not cause our current budget problems, and slashing that spending will not fix our problems. In fact education, medical research, and job training help put us on the right path.”

The committee also soundly defeated, 4-44, an amendment by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) to reduce total discretionary spending to $931 billion, equivalent to FY 2007 spending levels.

According to Rep. Flake, that level would impose a roughly 23 percent across-the-board cut, excluding the Defense and Military Construction-VA bills.


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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