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House Republican Appropriators Propose to Slash HHS Funding

May 24, 2013—The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee May 21 formally approved its subcommittee or 302(b) allocations for the 12 individual FY 2014 spending bills.  As expected, the committee’s allocations adhere to an overall spending cap of $967 billion as mandated under sequestration.  But the committee exceeded the spending cap for defense by proposing reduced funding for domestic programs.

Particularly hard hit is the Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee, which funds the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Title VII health professions education programs, and most of the rest of the Public Health Service.  The Labor-HHS allocation is 18.6 percent below the current year’s level, after sequestration.  Exact funding levels for individual programs will not be determined until the Labor-HHS Subcommittee and then the full House Appropriations Committee mark up the FY 2014 bill later this year. However, if all programs in the bill are reduced by 18.6 percent, this would mean a cut of nearly $5.4 billion for NIH in FY 2014. 

The committee allocated $522 billion for defense programs, despite a $498 billion discretionary cap mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 [P.L. 112-25] as amended by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 [P.L. 112-240].

In a party line vote, the committee rejected, 22-26, an amendment offered by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Nita Lowey (N.Y.), to postpone consideration of the 302(b) allocations until June 21.  The committee also defeated, 21-26 along party lines, another Democratic proposal by Lowey to set the top-line allocation at $1.058 trillion, equal to the president’s FY 2014 request and the spending cap in the Senate budget.  Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) has said she plans to use the $1.058 trillion cap when the Senate sets its subcommittee allocations, expected in early June.


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


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