House Continues Marking Up FY20 Appropriations Bills

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The House has marked up and reported out of committee four of its 12 FY20 annual spending bills, and is on track for reporting out another four by the end of next week.


Commerce Justice Science

The House Commerce Justice Science Appropriations subcommittee marked up its $73.9B FY20 spending bill today and reported it out of subcommittee by voice vote. The bill is an increase of $9.78B above FY19 enacted levels. It funds the Department of Commerce at $16.43B ($5.02B above FY19 and $3.96 above the President’s FY20 budget request), the Department of Justice at $32B ($1.07B above FY19), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at $22.32B ($815M above FY19), the National Science Foundation (NSF) at $8.64B ($561.14M above FY19), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at $399.5M ($20M above FY19), and the Legal Services Corporation at $550M ($135M above FY19). The bill does not include the additional funding requested by the administration for the NASA 2024 lunar landing. It does include a provision preventing the U.S. Census Bureau from asking about citizenship on the 2020 census questionnaire. The bill will be marked up in full committee next Wednesday.

FY20 Commerce Justice Science Bill Text

https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/FY2020%20CJS%20Sub%20Markup%20Draft.pdf

FY20 Commerce Justice Science Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/press-releases/appropriations-committee-releases-fiscal-year-2020-commerce-justice-science

Defense

The House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee approved by voice vote its FY20 spending bill. In total, the bill provides $690.2B for the Department of Defense (DOD), an increase of $15.8B above the FY19 enacted level, and $8B below the President’s budget request. The bill also includes $68.1B in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. The bill limits DOD’s ability to transfer funds between accounts, which is aimed at the Administration’s plans to move defense funds to pay for a wall on the southern border. It also blocks the sale of the F-35 fighter jet to Turkey. The bill will be marked up in full committee next Tuesday.

FY20 Defense Bill Text

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP02/20190515/109491/BILLS-116–AP-FY2020-Defense.pdf

FY20 Defense Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/press-releases/appropriations-committee-releases-fiscal-year-2020-defense-funding-bill

Energy & Water

The House Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee approved by voice vote its FY20 bill. In total, the legislation invests $46.4B in Energy and Water Development programs, an increase of $1.8B from FY19. The bill provides $7.36B for the Army Corps of Engineers (an increase of $357M above FY19 and $2.53B above the FY20 PBR), $1.65B for the Department of the Interior/Bureau of Reclamation (an increase of $82.8M above FY19 level and $528M above the FY20 PBR), $37.1B for the Department of Energy (an increase of $1.4B above the FY19 level and $5.6 billion above the FY20 PBR), $130M for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (which is $95K below the FY19 level), $170M for the Appalachian Regional Commission (an increase of $5M above the FY19 level and the FY20 PBR), and $22M Northern Border Regional Commission (an increase of 10% above the FY19 level and $21 million above the FY20 PBR). The bill will be marked up in full committee next Tuesday.

FY20 Energy & Water Bill Text

https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/FY2020%20E%26W%20Sub%20Markup%20Draft.pdf

FY20 Energy & Water Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/press-releases/appropriations-committee-releases-fiscal-year-2020-energy-and-water-funding-bill

Interior, Environment

The House Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee approved by voice vote its FY20 bill. In total, the draft bill includes $37.28B, an increase of $1.73B over the FY19 enacted level and $7.24B over the President’s FY20 request. There is also an additional $2.25B of funding provided under the fire suppression cap adjustment. 

The bill provides $523.9M for Land and Water Conservation Fund ($85M above FY19 and $491M above the FY20 PBR), $5.21 billion for Wildland Fire Management ($1.6B above FY19 and $49M above the FY20 PBR), $13.79B for the Department of the Interior ($833M above FY19 and $2.41B above the FY20 PBR), $9.52B for the Environmental Protection Agency ($672M above FY19 and $3.42B above the FY20 PBR), $6.3 billion for the Indian Health Service (an increase of $537M above FY19 and $431M above the FY20 PBR), $167.5M each for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, $1.07B for the Smithsonian Institution, $14M for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, $43.5M for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and $61M for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The bill will be marked up in full committee next Wednesday.

FY20 Interior Bill Text

https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/FY2020%20Interior%20Sub%20Markup%20Draft.pdf

FY20 Interior Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/press-releases/appropriations-committee-releases-fiscal-year-2020-interior-environment-funding

State Foreign Operations

The House Appropriations full committee approved its FY20 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill by a party-line vote of 29 to 23. In total, the bill provides $56.4B in base discretionary funding—$2.2B above the FY19 enacted level and $13.7B above the President’s FY20 budget request. The funding level includes $8B in OCO funding. The committee rejected the administration’s proposed steep cuts to diplomacy and foreign aid as well as several amendments on abortion, family planning, and climate change policies.

The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full Committee:

  • Rep. Lowey – The manager’s amendment makes technical and noncontroversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted by voice vote.
  • Rep. Fortenberry #1 – The amendment includes new language supportive of conservation programs in Kenya. The amendment was adopted by voice vote.
  • Rep. Stewart – The amendment strikes the permissive authority included in the bill to fund the Indo-Pacific Strategy and inserts a directive for $160 million to be made available for implementation of the strategy. The amendment was adopted by voice vote.

FY20 State Foreign Operations Bill Text

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP04/20190510/109464/BILLS-116–AP-FY2020-StateForOp-FY2020DepartmentofStateForeignOperationsandRelatedProgramsSubcommitteeBill.pdf

FY20 State Foreign Operations Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/press-releases/appropriations-committee-releases-fiscal-year-2020-state-and-foreign-operations

FY20 State Foreign Operations Report

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20190516/109499/HRPT-116-FY2020_SFOPS_Report.pdf

OMB Letter to House Appropriators re: FY20 State Foreign Ops Bill

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SFOp-Lowery.pdf

Senate

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) initially said he hoped to wait for a bipartisan agreement on new spending caps before advancing his bills. But with no such deal in sight, he said last week he hoped to begin marking up bills this summer if the Senate agrees to “deem” a topline number for discretionary spending, as the House did last month. The Senate may propose topline spending levels that keep discretionary spending flat with FY19 levels. And the Senate could begin marking up as early as June. Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Shelley Moore Capito said she heard that her subcommittee would mark up the third week of June. 

FY2020 Appropriations Bills Status

SubcommitteeHouse ActionSenate Action
Agriculture  
Commerce Justice ScienceSubcommittee: May 17Full Committee: May 22 
DefenseSubcommittee: May 15Full Committee: May 21 
Energy & WaterSubcommittee: May 15Full Committee: May 21 
Financial Services  
Homeland Security  
Interior EnvironmentSubcommittee: May 15Full Committee: May 22 
Labor HHS EducationSubcommittee: April 30Full Committee: May 8  
Legislative BranchSubcommittee: May 1Full Committee: May 9 
Military Construction VASubcommittee: May 1Full Committee: May 9 
State Foreign OperationsSubcommittee: May 10Full Committee: May 16 
Transportation HUD  

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