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House Appropriators Approve Subcommittee Allocations

April 24, 2015—The House Appropriations Committee April 22 approved by voice vote its fiscal year (FY) 2016 subcommittee allocations.  The allocations, also known as 302(b)s, limit spending for the 12 annual appropriations bills.

The total allocations adhere to the $1.017 trillion discretionary spending cap mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25) and adopted in both the FY 2106 House and Senate budget resolutions (H.ConRes. 27 and S.Con.Res. 11).

The House allocation for the Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee is $153.05 billion, a decrease of approximately $3.7 billion (2.4 percent) from the current year’s level.

The White House took an unusual step of challenging the spending allocations prior to the committee’s action. In an April 21 letter to House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan said the Republican’s budget framework “would lock in sequestration funding levels for FY 2016.”

The letter also warns that the president “has been clear that he is not willing to lock in sequestration going forward, nor will he accept fixes to defense without also fixing non-defense.”

The committee rejected along party lines an amendment offered by Ranking Democrat Nita Lowey (N.Y.) to increase the allocations by approximately $75 billion to match the spending levels in the president’s FY 2016 budget.


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


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