FY17 Appropriations Update – June 10, 2016

FY17 Appropriations

House

Floor

The House passed its $3.5B FY17 Legislative Branch appropriations bill on the floor this week by a vote of 233 to 175 after contentious partisan debates over immigration and other divisive issues. Eager to complete its FY17 spending bills, the House changed its rules to restrict amendments rather than considering the bills under open rules. This structured amendment rule allowed the House Rules Committee to not allow an amendment offered by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender employees (the same amendment that killed the FY17 Energy and Water bill on the House floor last month). The rule was approved on a mostly party-line vote of 237 to 182. One Democrat (Rush) voted for the rule and three Republicans (Brooks, Jones, and Massie) voted against it. The FY17 Defense Appropriations bill could be on the House floor next week. The House Rules Committee will meet on Tuesday at 3 PM to consider the bill.

Financial Services

The House Appropriations Committee approved its $21.7B FY17 Financial Services spending bill in full committee by a vote of 30 to 17. The bill provides annual funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other related agencies.

The full committee adopted the following amendments to the bill:

  1. Crenshaw – The manager’s amendment makes technical and noncontroversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  2. Fleischmann – The amendment revises the definition of a high cost mortgage and mortgage originator as those terms apply to manufactured housing. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 31-17.
  3. Wasserman Schultz – The amendment provides an additional $1.3 million for the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s “Virginia Graeme Baker” Pool and Spa Safety Act grant program, offset by a cut to the General Services Administration’s Operating Expenses account. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  4. Culberson – The amendment prohibits funding for the IRS to audit a church unless the audit is approved by the IRS Commissioner, reported to the tax committees, and takes effect 90 days after such notice.  The amendment was adopted on a vote of 31-17.
  5. Palazzo/Rep. Cuellar – The amendment prohibits funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to finalize or implement a rule that would restrict payday lending until the CFPB completes a report, with public comment, on the impact of the rule on populations with limited access to credit, and until it identifies existing credit products available to replace the current sources of short-term, small-dollar credit. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 30-18.
  6. Kaptur –The amendment restores mail delivery standards to the July 1, 2012 level. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  7. Rigell– The amendment prohibits funds for an executive order (EO 13673) that requires federal contractors to comply with burdensome labor standard reporting requirements that could hurt their contracting ability, without due process. The amendment also requires an analysis and impact statement on the new standards before they are allowed to continue.  The amendment was adopted on a vote of 29-19.
  8. Harris– The amendment prohibits funding for abortions through OPM-negotiated “multi-state qualified health plans” offered under Obamacare. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 30-17.

House FY17 Financial Services Appropriations Bill Text:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-114hr-fc-ap-fy2017-ap00-fservices.pdf

House FY17 Financial Services Appropriations Report Language:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-114-hr-fy2017-fservices.pdf

Homeland Security

The House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its $41.1B spending bill this week and will mark it up in full committee next Tuesday. The bill provides an increase of $100M over the FY16 enacted level and $432M above the President’s budget request. In addition, the bill provides $7.3B for disaster relief and emergency response activities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). More specifically, the bill provides $11.2B for Customs and Border Protection, $5.9B for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, $7.6B for the Transportation Security Administration, $1.8B for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, $10.3B for the Coast Guard, $1.9B for the Secret Service, and $119.1M for E-Verify. The bill also includes provisions prohibiting the use of funds to transfer or release detainees from Guantanamo Bay, denies the administration’s request to increase TSA passenger fees, and withholds 20% of funds from all DHS HQ staffing accounts until budget justification information is provided.

House FY17 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Text:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-114hr-sc-ap-fy2017-hsecurity-subcommitteedraft.pdf

Senate

Floor

This week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed a motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the FY17 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill. The Senate will proceed to consideration of the bill after a final vote on their FY17 National Defense Authorization Act. If cloture is invoked, it will be considered as having been invoked at 10 PM on Monday, June 13.

Labor HHS Education

The Senate Appropriations Committee marked up their $161.9B FY17 Labor HHS Education spending bill in subcommittee and full committee this week. The bill would cut spending by $270M from FY16 enacted levels and $2B below the President’s FY17 budget request. The Committee voted 29 to 1 to approve the measure. The Department of Health and Human Services would receive $ 76.9B, a $1.4B increase above FY16, while within HHS, the National Institutes of Health would receive $34B, an increase of $2B above FY16. The Department of Labor would receive $12B, $134M below FY16, and the Department of Education budget would drop by $220M to $67.8B. The spending bill does not attempt to block the Labor Department’s recently finalized overtime rule.

Senate FY17 Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill Text:

https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/s3040/BILLS-114s3040pcs.pdf

Senate FY17 Labor HHS Education Appropriations Report Language:

https://www.congress.gov/114/crpt/srpt274/CRPT-114srpt274.pdf

Senate Majority Summary FY17 Labor HHS Appropriations Bill:

http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/majority/fy2017-labor-hhs-and-education-appropriations-bill-cleared-for-senate-consideration

Senate Minority Summary FY17 Labor HHS Appropriations Bill:

http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/fy17-lhhs-full-committee-markup-bill-summary

Zika Virus Funding Conference

The Senate voted to go to conference this week on a spending bill that includes funding for the Zika virus as well as FY17 funding for the Transportation HUD (THUD) spending bill. Ten Senate Republicans and nine Senate Democrats were appointed as conferees. For Republicans, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Susan Collins, Mark Kirk, Lisa Murkowski, John Hoeven, John Boozman, Shelley Moore Capito, Thad Cochran, Roy Blunt and Lindsey Graham will be on the committee. For Democrats, Minority Leader Harry Reid and Sens. Jon Tester, Patty Murray, Tom Udall, Brian Schatz, Tammy Baldwin, Chris Murphy, Barbara Mikulski and Patrick Leahy will be on the committee. The House named its conferees last month, but didn’t include the THUD bill when it voted to go to conference. Conference discussions will begin next week. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said that he doesn’t expect a conference report to be produced before Friday. The Senate approved $1.1B for the Zika virus, while the House passed $622M with offsets.

Subcommittee House Senate
Agriculture Subcommittee: April 13

Full Committee: April 19

Subcommittee: May 17

Full Committee: May 19

Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee: May 18

Full Committee: May 24

Subcommittee: April 19

Full Committee: April 21

Floor: Week of June 13

Defense Subcommittee: May 11

Full Committee: May 17

Floor: Week of June 13

Subcommittee: May 24

Full Committee: May 26

Energy & Water Subcommittee: April 13

Full Committee: April 19

Floor:??

Subcommittee: April 13

Full Committee: April 14

Floor: May 12

Financial Services Subcommittee: May 25

Full Committee: June 9

Subcommittee: June 15

Full Committee: June 16

Homeland Security Subcommittee: June 9

Full Committee: June 14

Subcommittee: May 24

Full Committee: May 26

Interior Subcommittee: May 25

Full Committee: June 15

Subcommittee: June 14

Full Committee: June 16

Labor HHS Education   Subcommittee: June 7

Full Committee: June 9

Legislative Branch Subcommittee: April 20

Full Committee: May 17

Floor: June 10

Full Committee: May 19
Military Construction – Veterans Affairs Subcommittee: March 23

Full Committee: April 13

Floor: May 19

Subcommittee: April 13

Full Committee: April 14

Floor: May 19

State Foreign Operations    
Transportation HUD Subcommittee: May 18

Full Committee: May 24

Subcommittee: April 19

Full Committee: April 21

Floor: May 19

FY16 vs. FY17 302(b) Allocations

  FY16 302(b) FY17 House 302(b) FY17 Senate 302(b)
Agriculture $21.75B $21.3B $21.2B
Commerce Justice Science $55.7B $56B $56.3B
Defense* $572.7B $575.7B $572.7B
Energy & Water $37.2B $37.4B $37.5B
Financial Services $23.2B $21.7B $22.4B
Homeland Security* $41.12B $41.1B $41.2B
Interior $32.16B $32.095B $32B
Labor HHS Education $162.1B   $161.9B
Legislative Branch $4.37B $3.48B

(excludes Senate only items)

$4.4B
Military Construction/VA* $79.9B $81.6B $83B
State Foreign Ops* $52.68B   $52.1B
Transportation HUD $57.6B $58.2B $56.5B

*Includes Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding.

 

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