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Senate Appropriators Set Allocations for FY 2014 Spending Bills

June 21, 2013—The Senate Appropriations Committee June 20 adopted subcommittee allocations for its FY 2014 spending bills. The committee approved the allocations, known as 302(b)s, on a 15-14 party-line vote.

Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) based the allocations on the overall discretionary spending cap of $1.058 trillion adopted in the Senate-passed FY 2014 budget resolution, which assumes that Congress will repeal and replace sequestration [see Washington Highlights, March 29].

The committee defeated, 14-15, a substitute proposal by Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the ranking member on the committee, that would have capped discretionary spending at $967 billion, the same FY 2014 level adopted by the House Appropriations Committee in late May [see Washington Highlights, May 24].

Republicans warned that the Mikulski plan would trigger sequestration. If the Republicans continue their objections as expected, Democrats will not have the 60 votes needed to move the spending bills to the Senate floor.

The Senate committee’s allocations call for $552 billion in defense spending and $506 billion for non-defense programs. The Budget Control Act of 2011 [P.L. 112-25] sets spending levels at $498 billion for defense and $469 for non-defense.

Democrats countered that the House allocation for defense, which matches the Senate at $552 billion, also would trigger across-the-board cuts.

The Labor-HHS subcommittee, which determines funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other health programs, would receive $164.3 billion in FY 2014 under the Senate committee allocations, nearly $43 billion more than the $121.8 billion allocation in the House. The Senate Labor-HHS subcommittee is expected to consider its bill in mid-July.

In a June 20 statement, AAMC President and CEO Darrell Kirch, M.D., applauded the committee for the Labor-HHS allocation and thanked Chairman Mikulski for her leadership and support of the NIH and Title VII health professions education programs. The statement noted “the Senate allocations will only be achieved if Congress and the Administration can agree on a plan to eliminate the damaging spending caps imposed by sequestration,” and urged both sides “to work together on a solution that sustains vital programs that benefit all Americans.”


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


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