House and Senate Conference Three FY19 Appropriations Minibuses

The House is scheduled to be in session only seven more days before the fiscal year ends on September 30. The Senate has passed nine of its 12 annual spending bills, while the House has passed six. Their challenge is to craft bills that can get the Democratic support they need to pass the Senate while not losing too many conservatives in the House. The House and Senate have both said they are prepared to bring three minibus packages to the floor this month. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said the three minibus packages would be brought to the floor separate from the continuing resolution.

Energy & Water, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, Legislative Branch

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants to pass the Energy & Water, Military Construction-VA, and Legislative Branch appropriations conference report minibus spending package this month. Conferees worked this week to resolve disputes over several policy riders. An agreement is imminent according to conferees, and the measure may be on the House floor next week. The Military Construction-VA and Legislative Branch sections of the minibus were locked down earlier this week. Conferees are negotiating some final technical details and resolving some lingering disputes for the Energy & Water portion of the bill. The conference report could be released as late as Sunday and still meet the 72-hour requirement in the House to have it on the floor by Wednesday when the House reconvenes after a brief break for Rosh Hashana.

Defense, Labor HHS Education

The House approved by voice vote a motion to go to conference with the Senate on the $675B defense appropriations bill. The House named 13 conferees for the spending package, including the chairs and ranking members of the full committee, Defense Subcommittee, and Labor HHS Education Subcommittee – Reps. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Granger (R-TX), Cole (R-OK), Calvert (R-CA), Womack (R-AR), Aderholt (R-AL), Rogers (R-KY), Roby, (R-AL), Lowey (D-NY), Visclosky (D-IN), DeLauro (D-CT), Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and McCollum (D-MN). The Senate also appointed the chairs and ranking members: Shelby (R-AL), Blunt (R-MO), Graham (R-SC), Moran (R-KS), Durbin (D-IL), Murray (D-WA), and Leahy (D-VT).

House Republicans would like to pass the Defense spending bill before the new fiscal year, but it was combined with the Labor HHS Education bill in the Senate. Senators on both sides of the aisle want to keep the two bills together. The House Labor HHS Education bill has numerous controversial policy riders, which is why it hasn’t been brought to the House floor yet. House Labor HHS Education Appropriations subcommittee ranking member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) said her Republican counterparts had conceded to a $2B increase for the Labor HHS Education bill, which would align the House bill more closely with the Senate bill. Conservatives in the House may oppose this funding increase.

Conferees met on Thursday and are expected to report any remaining open issues to the full committee today. House Defense Appropriations subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) said that the conference could be wrapped up this week.

Interior Environment, Financial Services, Agriculture, Transportation HUD

The House minibus includes the Interior Environment and Financial Services bills, while the Senate minibus also included the Agriculture and Transportation HUD spending bills. The House has not considered the Agriculture and Transportation HUD spending bills on the floor. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) said that they are still hoping to complete work on this minibus appropriations package. The House appointed the following conferees: Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Aderholt (R-AL), Simpson (R-ID), Cole (R-OK), Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Graves (R-GA), Young (R-IA), Rutherford (R-FL), Lowey (D-NY), Price (D-NC), Bishop (D-GA), McCollum (D-MN), Quigley (D-IL), and Pingree (D-ME). The Senate appointed the following conferees: Murkowski (R-AK), Collins (R-ME), Lankford (R-OK), Hoeven (R-ND), Shelby (R-AL), Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Udall (D-NM), Reed (D-RI), Coons (D-DE), Merkley (D-OR), and Leahy (D-VT). Conferees met this week and, while the meeting was considered productive, they reported that they have several big issues to work out.House Transportation HUD Appropriations subcommittee chairman Diaz-Balart (R-FL) said yesterday that he is not sure the THUD bill is going to be part of the package that becomes law.

Continuing Resolution

The remaining spending bills not conferenced and passed would require a continuing resolution (CR) to fund them beginning October 1. A CR extends appropriations at current funding levels without allowing for new programs or major shifts in priorities. The CR could last through Thanksgiving or Christmas, or potentially extend into January 2019 and the new Congress.

Shutdown

Congress’ main goal this month is to avoid a shutdown. House and Senate leadership and the Vice President have been lobbying the President to postpone a shutdown fight over funding for his border wall until after the election. While some White House insiders are confident the President will sign spending bills to keep the government open, there are some immigration hardliners advising him to fight the border wall issue now while Republicans still control the House.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the Republican Study Committee earlier this week that the President doesn’t want a shutdown in October. Republican members in the meeting left with the understanding that the border wall fight will likely wait until after the midterm elections in November. However, after Republican leaders met with the President on Wednesday afternoon the President told reporters that he is still open to shutting down the federal government, “If it’s about border security, I’m willing to do anything.” And today the President said, “I would do it [shutdown] because I think it’s a great political issue.”

In related border wall news, House Armed Services Committee and House Appropriations Committee Ranking Democrats sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mattis this week in which they urge him to oppose a request by the Department of Homeland Security to divert $450M in defense funding toward border infrastructure along the Barry M. Goldwater Range in Arizona.

https://democrats-armedservices.house.gov/_cache/files/c/9/c9c33929-eb73-493a-8aad-bed677d76698/57F918A410026BC3586DF7C5BDA95E1F.letter-to-secdef-on-border-wall.pdf

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Status

Subcommittee House Action Senate Action
Agriculture Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 16

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: August 1

Commerce Justice Science Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 17

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Defense Subcommittee: June 7

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: June 28

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Floor: August 23

Energy & Water Subcommittee: May 7

Full Committee: May 16

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: June 25

Financial Services Subcommittee: May 24

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: July 19

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Floor: August 1

Homeland Security Subcommittee: July 19

Full Committee: July 25

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Interior Environment Subcommittee: May 15

Full Committee: June 6

Floor: July 19

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: August 1

Labor HHS Education Subcommittee: June 15

Full Committee: July 11

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Floor: August 23

Legislative Branch Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: June 25

Military Construction VA Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: June 25

State Foreign Operations Subcommittee: June 13

Full Committee: June 20

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Transportation HUD Subcommittee: May 16

Full Committee: May 23

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: August 1

FY2019 Appropriations Update

The Senate has passed nine of its 12 annual FY19 spending bills in four minibus appropriations packages while the House has passed just six of its bills in two minibus appropriations packages and one (Defense) bill. When members of Congress return next week they have 11 days to complete action on the FY19 spending bills before the end of the fiscal year.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that conference approval of the Energy & Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs minibus package could come as soon as next week. The Veterans Affairs section of the conference report has been one of the biggest hurdles during the negotiations as funding for a private health care program for veterans would be moved from mandatory spending to discretionary spending (subject to spending caps). This issue may be resolved by adding emergency funding to the package.

McConnell would also like to see conference action on its Defense-Labor HHS Education, Interior-Financial Services, and Agriculture-Transportation/HUD minibus appropriations packages.

In all likelihood, a continuing resolution (CR) will be needed to keep the government open after September 30. And a shutdown is not out of the question as the President has threatened to do this if he does not get the funding he requested for his southwest border wall. In addition to demonstrating to his base his commitment to building a wall, a shutdown could be used as a distraction from the Paul Manafort trial, which is scheduled to begin September 24. If a CR is passed, it could fund the federal government through Thanksgiving or Christmas. And it could be the first of many CRs depending on the outcome of the midterm elections. If the Democrats take control of the House, Republicans may want to lock in current spending levels with a CR that lasts through FY19.

The CR could also become a magnet for other expiring authorization measures as floor time will be limited. The Senate will spend much of its floor time on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court. A farm bill conference report is also supposed to come up. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said that a multi-year FAA reauthorization (or stopgap authorization) could be added to the CR since its authorization expires on September 30.

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Status

Subcommittee House Action Senate Action
Agriculture Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 16

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: August 1

Commerce Justice Science Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 17

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Defense Subcommittee: June 7

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: June 28

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Floor: August 23

Energy & Water Subcommittee: May 7

Full Committee: May 16

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: June 25

Financial Services Subcommittee: May 24

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: July 19

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Floor: August 1

Homeland Security Subcommittee: July 19

Full Committee: July 25

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Interior Environment Subcommittee: May 15

Full Committee: June 6

Floor: July 19

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: August 1

Labor HHS Education Subcommittee: June 15

Full Committee: July 11

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Floor: August 23

Legislative Branch Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: June 25

Military Construction VA Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: June 25

State Foreign Operations Subcommittee: June 13

Full Committee: June 20

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Transportation HUD Subcommittee: May 16

Full Committee: May 23

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: August 1

Senate Passes 8th and 9th FY19 Spending Bills

The Senate passed their third “minibus” spending package of the year. The Senate has now passed nine of the 12 annual appropriations bills. The three remaining bills for the Senate to consider on the floor are the Commerce-Justice-Science, Homeland Security, and State Foreign Operations spending bills. The House has reported all of its bills out of committee, but only passed six of them on the House floor. The House still needs to consider the Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, Homeland Security, Labor HHS Education, State Foreign Operations, and Transportation HUD spending bills on the floor when it returns from recess after Labor Day. The House could bypass floor action for some of the bills and go directly to conference with the Senate.

With only a few weeks left before the end of the fiscal year, staff are reportedly “pre-conferencing” some of the spending bills despite lack of action in the House. They have begun doing side-by-side comparisons and identifying issues. They need to work out the topline spending levels for each bill as well as the policy riders. Whichever bills are worked out and agreed upon by September 30 could be attached to a continuing resolution (CR) for final passage. The CR will provide stopgap spending for the agencies that don’t have an FY19 bill signed into law before October 1. The CR is likely to fund the government through the November midterm elections. One potential roadblock to a CR is the President. It isn’t clear that the President will sign a CR or any of the FY19 spending bills without a promise of $5B for his border wall.

FY19 Defense and Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bills

The Senate passed their FY19 Defense and Labor HHS Education appropriations minibus yesterday by a vote of 85 to 7. Sens. Crapo (R-ID), Flake (R-AZ), Lee (R-UT), Paul (R-KY), Risch (R-ID), Sanders (I-VT), and Toomey (R-PA) voted no on the measure. This $854B minibus spending package accounts for roughly 60% of the FY19 appropriations spending. This is the first time since 2009 that the Senate has passed a defense spending bill that was not included in an omnibus spending measure. And if it is signed into law before October 1, it would be the first time since 2006 that a defense bill has been enacted before the beginning of the new fiscal year.

FY19 Energy & Water, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Conference

Senate Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said this week that he expects the Senate will take up the FY19 Energy & Water, Military Construction-VA, and Legislative Branch appropriations conference report the first week of September. This means that conferees will sign off on a final conference agreement next week. Conferees canceled a formal meeting in July over a disagreement on funding for veterans health care.

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Status

Subcommittee House Action Senate Action
Agriculture Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 16

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: August 1

Commerce Justice Science Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 17

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Defense Subcommittee: June 7

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: June 28

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Floor: August 23

Energy & Water Subcommittee: May 7

Full Committee: May 16

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: June 25

Financial Services Subcommittee: May 24

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: July 19

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Floor: August 1

Homeland Security Subcommittee: July 19

Full Committee: July 25

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Interior Environment Subcommittee: May 15

Full Committee: June 6

Floor: July 19

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: August 1

Labor HHS Education Subcommittee: June 15

Full Committee: July 11

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Floor: August 23

Legislative Branch Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: June 25

Military Construction VA Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: June 25

State Foreign Operations Subcommittee: June 13

Full Committee: June 20

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Transportation HUD Subcommittee: May 16

Full Committee: May 23

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: August 1

Senate Begins Consideration of FY19 Defense and Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill

The Senate kicked off debate on the FY19 Defense and Labor HHS Education Appropriations minibus bill this week, and will resume consideration of the measure next week. The two bills combined make up about 63% of total discretionary spending for FY19. The Senate used the House-passed FY19 Defense spending bill (H.R. 6157) as the vehicle for their minibus.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) predicts that the Senate will clear the package by Labor Day, and possibly as early as next Friday. The first two amendment votes are lined up for Monday evening. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has requested that senators limit their amendments so that it doesn’t become a “free-for-all” on policy issues. So far this year, the Senate has been able to avoid partisan policy riders. The Labor HHS portion of this minibus, however, could be a magnet for amendments on abortion restrictions, health care coverage, worker protections, and education policy.

Earlier this week, the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP). In addition to disagreeing with the overall funding level for the Labor HHS portion of the bill, the SAP objects to certain funding provisions in the bill such as funding a second Littoral Combat Ship, elimination of launch funding for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, and reductions in funding for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund, Security Cooperation Fund, the National Background Investigation System, and the Counter-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Train and Equip Fund.

White House Statement of Administration Policy

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/saphr6157s_20180815.pdf

On a related note, the White House may be considering another rescissions package. It has been reported the OMB Director Mick Mulvaney has already begun moving ahead on the effort.

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Status

Subcommittee House Action Senate Action
Agriculture Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 16

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: August 1

Commerce Justice Science Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 17

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Defense Subcommittee: June 7

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: June 28

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Floor: Week of August 20

Energy & Water Subcommittee: May 7

Full Committee: May 16

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: June 25

Financial Services Subcommittee: May 24

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: July 19

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Floor: August 1

Homeland Security Subcommittee: July 19

Full Committee: July 25

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Interior Environment Subcommittee: May 15

Full Committee: June 6

Floor: July 19

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: August 1

Labor HHS Education Subcommittee: June 15

Full Committee: July 11

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Floor: Week of August 20

Legislative Branch Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: June 25

Military Construction VA Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: June 25

State Foreign Operations Subcommittee: June 13

Full Committee: June 20

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Transportation HUD Subcommittee: May 16

Full Committee: May 23

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: August 1

 

While House is in Recess, Senate Continues Work on FY19 Appropriations Bills

The Senate passed its FY19 Agriculture, Interior-Environment, Financial Services, and Transportation HUD minibus spending bill this week by a vote of 92 to 6. Senators voting no on the appropriations minibus were Cruz (R-TX), Johnson (R-WI), Lee (R-UT), Paul (R-KY), Sasse (R-NE), and Toomey (R-PA).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that they are sticking with their plan to approve nine of their 12 FY19 spending bills by the end of August. He hopes the House and Senate can conference the nine bills before the end of the fiscal year. The remaining three bills are Commerce-Justice-Science, Homeland Security, and State Foreign Operations.

The Senate will take up another minibus bill when they return the week of August 13. This minibus will include the Defense and Labor HHS Education spending bills. House conservatives are concerned that by combining these two bills they will lose leverage for the fight over border wall funding in the Homeland Security spending bill. And if Democrats win seats in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, their leverage could be further compromised if the debate over Homeland Security is put off until after the election.

While President Trump has threatened a shutdown over funding for his border wall, Republicans have said that this threat is not a helpful tactic and isn’t likely to happen.

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Status

Subcommittee House Action Senate Action
Agriculture Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 16

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: August 1

Commerce Justice Science Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 17

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Defense Subcommittee: June 7

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: June 28

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Floor: Week of August 13

Energy & Water Subcommittee: May 7

Full Committee: May 16

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: June 25

Financial Services Subcommittee: May 24

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: July 19

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Floor: August 1

Homeland Security Subcommittee: July 19

Full Committee: July 25

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Interior Environment Subcommittee: May 15

Full Committee: June 6

Floor: July 19

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: August 1

Labor HHS Education Subcommittee: June 15

Full Committee: July 11

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Floor: Week of August 13

Legislative Branch Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: June 25

Military Construction VA Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: June 25

State Foreign Operations Subcommittee: June 13

Full Committee: June 20

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Transportation HUD Subcommittee: May 16

Full Committee: May 23

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: August 1

House and Senate Continue Work on FY19 Appropriations Bills

Funding for Veterans Private Health Care Delays Conference on FY19 Energy & Water, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, Legislative Branch Minibus

Last week, conferees for the FY19 postponed their formal conference negotiations on the minibus package (H.R. 5895) that includes the FY19 Energy & Water, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch spending bills. Conferees gave different reasons for the postponement. House Republicans said it was due to scheduling conflicts, but Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) said the meeting was scuttled because there is more work to be done on funding for veterans’ health care (i.e. how to pay for a shortfall in the Veterans Choice Program).

Last month, the President signed into law a bill that consolidated the Veterans Choice program with several other existing community care programs. Prior to this consolidation, the Choice program was funded through mandatory spending (outside of the spending caps). After the consolidation, the consolidated programs are now designated as discretionary spending, and therefore subject to the annual budget caps. Since then, appropriators have been trying to figure out how to account for the additional spending needs of the program as the shift came after the FY19 budget caps were agreed upon.

The White House sent a letter to Congress this week cautioning lawmakers against raising the spending caps to accommodate shifts in funding for the Veterans Choice Program. Many Democrats and some Senate Republicans (including Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-AL) are insisting that $1.1B be spent beyond the agreed upon FY19 spending caps. The White House accused Democrats of using veterans funding as a ploy to raise the spending caps and demanded Congress fit the $1.1B additional needed in FY19 within the nondefense spending cap. House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack (R-AR) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Michael Enzi (R-WY) sent a letter to Appropriators this week insisting that funding for these programs be kept within the topline $597B nondefense spending cap for FY19.

If the conflict isn’t resolved, it could lead to a stop-gap funding bill (continuing resolution) in September.

House Passed FY19 Interior-Environment and Financial Services Minibus

The House passed the FY19 Interior-Environment and Financial Services appropriations minibus on the House Floor this week by a vote of 217-199. The House has now passed six of its 12 annual spending bills.

Fifteen Republicans and all Democrats voted against the bill. Democrats opposed the package mostly because of Republican policy riders including those that would attempt to roll back environmental regulations. Democrats also voted against the bill because of procedural concerns, noting that the rule governing consideration of the measure allowed only a single hour for general debate on both bills combined. Republicans defended the process stating that it allowed for 87 amendments to be considered.

The White House issued a statement of administration policy expressing support for many of the measure’s provisions, but disagreed with funding levels for specific programs.

White House Statement of Administration Policy

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/saphr6147h_20180718.pdf

House Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up FY19 Homeland Security Bill

The House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its $51.4B FY19 spending bill this week. This is an increase of $3.7B above the FY18 enacted level. The Senate FY19 Homeland Security spending bill provides $48.3B in funding, $3.1B less than the House bill. This is a large discrepancy that will have to be resolved in House-Senate conference talks.

The bill included $5B for the President’s proposed border wall more than three times the $1.6B the President requested in his FY19 budget request. The Senate allocated $1.6B for the wall in their bill. The President recently asked the GOP to appropriate $5B. House Appropriators would make the $5B available through FY23. It would provide for over 200 miles of new physical barrier construction.

The full committee will mark up the bill on Wednesday, July 25.

House FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Text

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP15/20180719/108583/BILLS-115-SC-AP-FY2019-HSecurity-HomelandBill.pdf

House FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395381

Senate to Consider FY19 Agriculture, Financial Services, Interior-Environment, and Transportation-HUD Minibus Spending Bill Next Week

The Senate is considering taking up the House-passed FY19 Interior-Environment and Financial Services spending package on the floor next week and adding two more bills: Agriculture and Transportation-HUD.

Meanwhile, the White House sent two letters to Senate Appropriators this week outlining their concerns with the FY19 Labor HHS Education and Defense spending bills.

White House Letter to Senate Appropriators re: FY19 Labor HHS Education Bill

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Shelby_LHHS_Letter.pdf

White House Letter to Senate Appropriators re: FY19 Defense Bill

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Shelby_DOD_Letter_July162018.pdf

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Status

Subcommittee House Action Senate Action
Agriculture Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 16

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: Week of July 23

Commerce Justice Science Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 17

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Defense Subcommittee: June 7

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: June 28

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Energy & Water Subcommittee: May 7

Full Committee: May 16

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: June 25

Financial Services Subcommittee: May 24

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: July 19

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Floor: Week of July 23

Homeland Security Subcommittee: July 19

Full Committee: July 25

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Interior Environment Subcommittee: May 15

Full Committee: June 6

Floor: July 19

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: Week of July 23

Labor HHS Education Subcommittee: June 15

Full Committee: July 11

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Legislative Branch Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: June 25

Military Construction VA Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: June 25

State Foreign Operations Subcommittee: June 13

Full Committee: June 20

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Transportation HUD Subcommittee: May 16

Full Committee: May 23

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: Week of July 23

House and Senate Continue Work on FY19 Appropriations Bills

House and Senate Conference on MilCon-VA, E&W, Leg Branch Minibus

The House and Senate were scheduled to begin conference negotiations on the minibus package (H.R. 5895) that includes the FY19 Energy & Water, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch spending bills, but postponed the meeting. Conferees gave different reasons for the postponement. House Republicans said it was due to scheduling conflicts. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) said the meeting was scuttled because there is more work to be done on funding for veterans’ health care (i.e. how to pay for a shortfall in the Veterans Choice Program). More work needs to be done behind the scenes before the conference committee can officially gather. Lawmakers are hoping to pass this minibus measure by September in an effort to show progress in fixing what many describe as a broken appropriations process.

The House appointed its conferees before the July 4threcess, and the Senate signed off on its conferees this week. Conferees for the Senate are: Chairman Shelby (R-AL), Alexander (R-TN), Boozman (R-AR), Daines (R-MT), Lankford (R-OK), Ranking Member Leahy (D-VT), Feinstein (D-CA), Schatz (D-HI), and Murphy (D-CT). Conferees for the House are: Chairman Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Simpson (R-ID), Carter (R-TX), Fortenberry (R-NE), Calvert (R-CA), Fleischmann (R-TN), Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Taylor (R-VA), Ranking Member Lowey (D-NY), Kaptur (D-OH), Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Ryan (D-OH), and Visclosky (D-IN).

In related news, the Senate voted 94-5 this week to pass a motion by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) instructing conferees negotiating the appropriations bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program until January 31, 2019. The current authorization expires at the end of this month. Senators voting against the motion were Barrasso (R-WY), Enzi (R-WY), Flake (R-AZ), Lankford (R-OK), and Lee (R-UT).

House Floor Next Week

The full House of Representatives will consider the FY19 Interior-Environment and Financial Services appropriations bills on House floor next week. Members had until 10 am on Wednesday to file amendments to the bill – 160 were submitted for the Interior division of the bill and 76 were submitted for the Financial Services division of the bill.

House FY19 Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Committee marked up its $177.1B FY19 Labor HHS Education spending bill this week and passed it out of committee by a party line vote of 30-22. Before approving the bill, House appropriators added about $200M for programs ranging from school safety initiatives to substance abuse treatment in a manager’s package. Committee aides said the original draft bill was $200M below the amount it was allowed to spend for “advance appropriations” for FY2020. Advance appropriations are typically used for some education programs since the school year straddles two fiscal years; so $200M in proposed special education funds were shifted to FY2020.

The following amendments were adopted during full committee consideration:

  • Cole –The amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • DeLauro –The amendment requires HHS to submit a plan to reunify immigrant children with their parents. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Cole –The amendment clarifies standards for family detention. The amendment would permit detention of families as a unit. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 31-21.
  • Pingree– The amendment supports efforts to house immigrant children who are siblings together. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Aderholt –The amendment prohibits discrimination against a child welfare service provider based on the provider’s religious or moral beliefs. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 29-23.
  • Clark– The amendment prohibits the administration of medication to unaccompanied alien children unless certain conditions deem such medication medically necessary. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Pocan –The amendment expresses a sense of Congress regarding family separations and the reunification of immigrant families. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Wasserman Schultz– The amendment requires an Inspector General report on family separation and reunification politics. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Ruppersberger– The amendment reaffirms HHS statutory responsibilities for unaccompanied alien children. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • DeLauro– The amendment directs $10 million to fund mental health services for children separated from their families at the border. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Clark –The amendment prohibits funding for HHS to use questions of religion in the process of family reunification. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Clark– The amendment requires a report on pre-literate unaccompanied alien children. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Kaptur –The amendment adds language to protect personal and genetic information of children and adults if used in the process of family reunification. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Clark– The amendment requires a report on the mental health of separated children. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • McCollum– The amendment allows for student loan deferment for those undergoing cancer treatment. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Kaptur –The amendment requires a report on prescription drug prices. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 26-25.
  • Cole –The amendment adds language related to student loan collection, requiring performance metrics be met before certain Federal Student Aid agency employees can receive a performance bonus. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Price –The amendment changes language in the Managers Amendment and the Committee report to include reporting requirements related to the separation of children and the reunification process. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

House FY19 Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill Text

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP07/20180615/108431/BILLS-115-SC-AP-FY2019-LaborHHS-LaborBill.pdf

House FY19 Labor HHS Education Appropriations Report Language

https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/labor_report.pdf 

House FY19 Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395353

OMB Letter to House Appropriators on FY19 Labor HHS Education Bill

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/House-LHHS-Frelinghuysen.pdf

Senate

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) said this week that he hopes to bring the FY19 Defense appropriations bill to the Senate floor before the end of the month (likely the week of July 23). He added that the bill could be paired with the FY19 Labor HHS Education spending bill.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney sent three separate letters to the Senate Appropriations Committee regarding their State Foreign Operations, Financial Services, and Homeland Security FY19 spending bills. While the letters point out concerns the administration has with specific funding levels included for programs in all three of the bills, they do not include a presidential veto threat. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved all three of these bills in full committee on June 21.

OMB Letter to Senate Appropriators re: State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Shelby_-SFA.pdf 

OMB Letter to Senate Appropriators re: Financial Services Appropriations Bill

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Shelby_FSGG.pdf

OMB Letter to Senate Appropriators re: Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Shelby_HomelandSecurity.pdf 

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Status

Subcommittee House Action Senate Action
Agriculture Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 16

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Commerce Justice Science Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 17

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Defense Subcommittee: June 7

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: June 28

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Energy & Water Subcommittee: May 7

Full Committee: May 16

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: June 25

Financial Services Subcommittee: May 24

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: Week of July 11

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Homeland Security   Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Interior Environment Subcommittee: May 15

Full Committee: June 6

Floor: Week of July 16

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Labor HHS Education Subcommittee: June 15

Full Committee: July 11

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Legislative Branch Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: June 25

Military Construction VA Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: June 25

State Foreign Operations Subcommittee: June 13

Full Committee: June 20

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Transportation HUD Subcommittee: May 16

Full Committee: May 23

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

 

House and Senate Continue Marking Up FY19 Appropriations Bills

House

House FY19 Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Committee was scheduled to mark up its $177.1B FY19 Labor HHS Education spending bill this week but postponed the markup until next week as the Congressional Women’s Softball game, scheduled for Wednesday evening, meant there would be little time for the committee to consider the bill. The bill will now be marked up in full committee next Tuesday.

House FY19 Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill Text

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP07/20180615/108431/BILLS-115-SC-AP-FY2019-LaborHHS-LaborBill.pdf

House FY19 Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395353 

House FY19 State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Committee approved its $54B FY19 State Foreign Operations spending bill this week by a vote of 30 to 21. The funding level is held steady from FY18 but is $11.8B more than the administration requested for FY19. The bill funds the State Department, the United States Agency for International development, and other international activities.

During consideration of the bill, the full committee adopted a manager’s amendment as well as an amendment offered by Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) that prohibits the use of funds to deny Members of Congress access to detention facilities housing foreign national minors in the U.S. Rep. Wasserman Schultz’s amendment was adopted by voice vote. The manager’s amendment included an authorization giving USAID greater flexibility for how economic support funds are spent to rebuild parts of Iraq destroyed by ISIS, addressed delays in issuing U.S. visas, recommended funds be used to combat human trafficking in Libya, and stressed the importance of sustainable development and human rights in Africa.

House FY19 State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Text

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20180620/108462/BILLS-115HR-SC-AP-FY2019-AP00-State__Bill.pdf

House FY19 State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395349 

House FY19 State Foreign Operations Appropriations Report Language

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20180620/108462/HMKP-115-AP00-20180620-SD005.pdf 

OMB Letter to Chairman Frelinghuysen on FY19 State Foreign Ops Bill

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Frelinghuysen-SFO-Letter.pdf

Senate

The Senate Appropriations marked up three FY2019 spending bills (Financial Services, Homeland Security, and State Foreign Operations) in subcommittee and full committee this week. And the full Senate began consideration of it first FY19 minibus appropriations bill on the Senate floor this week. The Senate will resume consideration of the FY19 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R. 5895) next week.

White House Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 5895

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/saphr5895s_20180620.pdf

Senate FY19 Financial Services Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its $23.688B FY19 Financial Services spending bill in subcommittee and full committee this week, and reported the measure out of full committee by a vote of 31 to 0.

The FY19 recommended funding level is $16M above the FY18 enacted level. The bill provides $728M for the Executive Office of the President ($2.6M above FY18), $7.251B for the federal judiciary ($140M above FY18), $699.3M for the Small Business Administration ($1M over FY18), $1.695B for the Securities and Exchange Commission (equal to FY18), $281.5M for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ($32.5M over FY18), $309.7M for the Federal Trade Commission ($3M over FY18), $333.1M for the Federal Communications Commission ($11M over FY18), $703.2M in federal payments to the District of Columbia ($18M less than FY18), $11.263B for the IRS ($75M over FY18), $250M for the Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (equal to FY18), $416M for the Office of National Drug Control Policy ($400K more than FY18), $126M for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (equal to FY18), and $9.633 for the GSA Federal Buildings Fund ($650M over FY18).

In addition to a 1.9% cost-of-living adjustment for federal civilian employees for CY2019, other noteworthy provisions in the bill include:

  • A prohibition on funds for an increase in pay for the Vice President and other senior political appointees;
  • A prohibition on funding for grants or contracts to tax cheats and companies with felony criminal convictions;
  • A requirement that all departments and agencies link contracts that provide award fees to successful acquisition outcomes, and prohibit the use of funds to pay for award or incentive fees for contractors with below satisfactory performance; and
  • A prohibition against the use of funds to paint portraits of federal employees, including the President, Vice President, Cabinet Members and Members of Congress; and
  • A requirement that agency inspectors general have timely access to agency documents and records;

Senate FY19 Financial ServicesAppropriations Bill Text

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20FSGG%20Appropriations%20Act,%20S.3107.pdf 

Senate FY19 Financial ServicesAppropriations Bill Summary – Republicans

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/senate-subcommittee-approves-fy2019-financial-services-and-general-government-appropriations-bill

Senate FY19 Financial ServicesAppropriations Bill Summary – Democrats

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/summary_–senate-subcommittee-approves-fy2019-financial-services-and-general-government-appropriations-bill

Senate FY19 Financial ServicesAppropriations Bill Report Language

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20FSGG%20Appropriations%20Act,%20Report%20115-281.pdf

Senate FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its $55.15B FY19 Homeland Security spending bill in subcommittee and full committee this week, and reported the measure out of full committee by a vote of 26 to 5.

The FY19 recommended funding level includes $48.334 in base discretionary funding, which is $611M above the FY18 enacted level and $900M above the President’s FY19 budget request. The bill provides $14.256B for Customs and Border Protection ($239M above FY18), $7.21B for Immigration and Customs Enforcement ($134M above FY18), $4.843B for the Transportation Security Administration ($83M below FY18), $10.19B for the U.S. Coast Guard ($237M below FY18), $2.18B for the U.S. Secret Service ($173M above FY18), $1.95B for the National Protection and Programs Directorate ($38M above FY18), $11.69B for the Federal Emergency Management Agency ($96M above FY18), $813M for the Science and Technology Directorate ($28M less than FY18), $457M for the DNDO (equal to FY18), $1.076B for cybersecurity ($13M less than FY18), and $1.5B for DHS Departmental Management and Operations ($104M below the FY19 budget request).

The bill also requires the department to:

  • Submit a report on visa overstays and publish border security metrics;
  • Submit quarterly obligation and staffing plans and better details in budget justification;
  • Report conference spending to the inspector general and limit the use of funds for certain conferences; and
  • Link all contracts that provide award fees to successful acquisition outcomes, and prohibit funds to pay for award or incentive fees for contractors with below satisfactory performance.

Senate FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Text

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20Homeland%20Security%20Appropriations%20Act,%20S.3109.pdf

Senate FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Summary – Republicans

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/fy2019-homeland-security-appropriations-bill-clears-senate-subcommittee

Senate FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Summary – Democrats

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/summary-fy2019-homeland-security-appropriations-bill-clears-senate-subcommittee

Senate FY19 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Report Language

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20Homeland%20Security%20Appropriations%20Act,%20Report%20115-283.pdf

Senate FY19 State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its $54.4B FY19 State Foreign Operations spending bill in subcommittee and full committee this week, and reported the measure out of full committee by a vote of 31 to 0.

Senate FY19 State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Text

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20SFOPS%20Appropriations%20Act,%20S.3108.pdf

Senate FY19 State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Summary – Republicans

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/fy2019-state-and-foreign-operations-appropriations-bill-approved-by-senate-subcommittee

Senate FY19 State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Summary – Democrats

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/summary_–fy2019-state-and-foreign-operations-appropriations-bill-approved-by-senate-subcommittee

Senate FY19 State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Report Language

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20SFOPS%20Appropriations%20Act,%20Report%20115-282.pdf

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Status

Subcommittee House Action Senate Action
Agriculture Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 16

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Commerce Justice Science Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 17

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Defense Subcommittee: June 7

Full Committee: June 13

Floor: Week of June 25

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Energy & Water Subcommittee: May 7

Full Committee: May 16

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Floor: Week of June 25

Financial Services Subcommittee: May 24

Full Committee: June 13

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Homeland Security   Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Interior Environment Subcommittee: May 15

Full Committee: June 6

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Labor HHS Education Subcommittee: June 15

Full Committee: June 26

Subcommittee: June 26

Full Committee: June 28

Legislative Branch Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Full Committee: June 14

Floor: Week of June 25

Military Construction VA Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

Floor: Week of June 25

State Foreign Operations Subcommittee: June 13

Full Committee: June 20

Subcommittee: June 19

Full Committee: Jun 21

Transportation HUD Subcommittee: May 16

Full Committee: May 23

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

 

House and Senate Continue Marking Up FY19 Appropriations Bills

House

The House Appropriations Committee continued their work on their FY19 spending bills. They marked up their Defense and Financial Services spending bills in full committee and the Labor HHS Education and State Foreign Operations bills in subcommittee this week. The House has passed three of its FY19 spending bills on the House floor, reported another six out of full committee and two out of subcommittee. The last bill that has not been considered yet is the Homeland Security spending bill.

The House has a full committee markup scheduled for next week in which they will consider the Labor HHS Education and State Foreign Operations spending bills as well as revised FY19 subcommittee budget allocations.

House FY19 Defense Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Subcommittee approved its $674.6B FY19 Defense spending bill this week by a vote of 48 to 4. The bill provides $606.5B in base discretionary funding (an increase of $17.1B above FY18) and $68.1B in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding.

Only two partisan amendments were brought up during consideration of the measure. One by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) would have repealed the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and required Congress to adopt a new authorization within eight months. The Administration has been using the current AUMF to conduct antiterrorism operations around the globe. The committee approved a similar amendment last year with bipartisan support, but it was stripped out by the Rules Committee before the bill went to the House floor. The amendment was defeated on a party-line vote of 22-30. The other controversial amendment offered by Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) would have banned the deportation of Dreamers if they serve in the military or receive an honorable discharge from the military. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 24-27.

The full committee did adopt the following amendments to the bill:

  • Stewart(R-UT) – The amendment adds report language to encourage the Department of Defense to continue the development and deployment of existing prototypes related to cyber-situational awareness and electronic warfare capabilities. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Taylor(R-VA) – The amendment adds report language encouraging the Department of Defense to evaluate options to expand military child care programs. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Amodei (R-NV) – The amendment realigns $5 million within the Army research, development, test and evaluation account. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Pocan (D-WI) – The amendment adds report language requiring the Department of Defense to submit a classified report on U.S. assistance to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

House FY19 Defense Appropriations Bill Text

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20180613/108421/BILLS-115-SC-AP–AP00-Defense_Bill.pdf

House FY19 Defense Appropriations Report Language

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20180613/108421/HRPT-115-HR_Defense.PDF

House FY19 Defense Appropriations Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395335

OMB Letter to the House Appropriators re: Defense Bill

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Frelinghuysen-DOD.pdf 

House FY19 Financial Services Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Committee approved its $23.4B FY19 Financial Services spending bill by a mostly party-line vote of 28 to 20. The bill’s FY19 funding level is equal to the FY18 enacted level. The bill funds 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:

  • Graves (R-GA)– The manager’s amendment makes technical and noncontroversial changes to the bill and report, and adds certain authorization language. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Simpson (R-ID) –The amendment prohibits the Office of Management and Budget from altering the Army Corps of Engineers’ annual work plan. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Palazzo(R-MS) – The amendments increases the Community Development Financial Institutions fund by $25 million, offset by a cut of $10 million to information technology oversight, and reform and $15 million to DC Courts capital projects. The amendment was adopted by a voice vote.
  • Joyce (R-OH)– The amendment requires the U.S. Postal Service to maintain the July 1, 2012, service standards for first-class mail. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

House FY19 Financial Services Appropriations Bill Text

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20180613/108421/BILLS-115-SC-AP-FY2019-AP00-FSG_Bill.pdf

House FY19 Financial Services Appropriations Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395297

House FY19 Financial Services Appropriations Bill Report Language

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20180613/108421/HRPT-115-HR_FSGG.pdf

OMB Letter to the House Appropriators re: Financial Services Bill

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Frelinghuyse-FSGG.pdf

House FY19 Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill

The House Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its $177.1B FY19 spending bill this week. The bill is funded at essentially the same funding level as the FY18 enacted level.

The bill provides $12.1B for the Department of Labor ($88.8M below FY18), $89.2B for the Department of Health and Human Services ($1B above FY18), $71B for the Department of Education ($43M above FY18), $1.06B for the Corporation for National and Community Service (same as FY18), $445M for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (same as FY18), $12.4B to administer Social Security Administration activities ($332M below FY18) and $261.3M for the National Labor Relations Board ($12.9M below FY18).

The bill also includes provisions prohibiting the use of any new discretionary funding to implement ObamaCare. And it terminates the following programs: CDC Climate Change program, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grants, Regional Partnership Grants, Kinship Navigator Grants, Project AWARE State Grants, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, the Health Career Opportunity Program, and Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment.

House FY19 Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill Text

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP07/20180615/108431/BILLS-115-SC-AP-FY2019-LaborHHS-LaborBill.pdf

House FY19 Labor HHS Education Appropriations Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395353

House FY19 State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House State Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee approved its $54B FY19 spending bill this week by a voice vote. The funding level is held steady from FY18 but is $11.8B more than the administration requested for FY19. The bill funds the State Department, the United States Agency for International development, and other international activities.

The bill includes $16.2B in base and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for the State Department and related agencies. This is $163M above the FY18 enacted level. The bill funds USAID at $1.6B, an increase of $3.6M over FY18. And it contains $25.5B in base and OCO funding for bilateral economic assistance in foreign countries (an increase of $289M above FY18). Finally, the bill provides $1.5B for assistance to foreign countries through international organizations and banks, but does not include funding for the Green Climate Fund, International Debt Relief, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the UN Population Fund.

The bill also includes several policy provisions on Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Guantanamo Bay, private email servers, the UN Arms Trade Treaty, UN Reform, abortion, and OPIC coal regulations.

House FY19 State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Text

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP04/20180613/108419/BILLS-115-SC-AP-FY2019-StateForOp-StateBill.pdf

House FY19 State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395349

Senate

The Senate will begin taking up FY19 spending bills in minibus measures next week after they complete work on the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act. The first bill up will be the Energy & Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs minibus spending bill. After debate on this spending bill is done, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will turn to the farm bill.

Senate FY19 Commerce Justice Science Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its $62.995B FY19 Commerce Justice Science spending bill in subcommittee and full committee this week, and reported the measure out of full committee by a vote of 30 to 1. The one “no” vote came from Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) who opposes an accounting maneuver freeing up additional discretionary spending above the subcommittee’s official allocation, as well as language in the bill preventing Attorney General Jeff Sessions from interfering with states that choose to legalize medical marijuana use.

The FY19 recommended funding level is $3.4B above the FY18 enacted level. The bill provides $11.57B for the Department of Commerce ($435M above FY18),  $30.7B for the Department of Justice ($402.5M above FY18), $21.3M for NASA ($587M above FY18), $8.1B for the National Science Foundation ($301M above FY18), $410M for the Legal Services Corporation (equal to FY18), $95M for the International Trade Commission ($1M above FY18), and $73M for the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Senate FY19 Commerce Justice Science Appropriations Bill Text

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20CJS%20Appropriations%20Act,%20S.30721.PDF

Senate FY19 Commerce Justice Science Appropriations Bill Summary – Republicans

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/subcommittee-approves-fy2019-commerce-justice-science-appropriations-bill

Senate FY19 Commerce Justice Science Appropriations Bill Summary – Democrats

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/summary-senate-subcommittee-approves-fy2019-commerce-justice-science-appropriations-bill

Senate FY19 Commerce Justice Science Appropriations Bill Report Language

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20CJS%20Appropriations%20Act,%20Report%20115-2751.pdf 

Senate FY19 Interior Environment Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its $35.853B FY19 Interior Environment spending bill in subcommittee and full committee this week and reported the bill out of full committee by a vote of 31 to 0. This spending bill historically has been one of the most contentious of the 12 annual spending bills, so this unanimous bipartisan vote is notable. The manager’s amendment included report language from Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) demanding that EPA officials comply with ethics standards.

The bill provides $13.109B for the Department of Interior, $1.34B for the Bureau of Land Management ($11M above FY18), $3.21B for the National Park Service ($13.4M above FY18), $1.57B for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ($19.7M below FY18), $1.148B for the U.S. Geological Survey (equal to FY18), $252.8M for the Office of Surface Mining ($2.6M below FY18), $5.77B for the Indian Health Service ($234M above FY18), $3.07B for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education ($11.4B above FY18), $8.058B for the Environmental Protection Agency (equal to FY18), $6.29B for the U.S. Forest Service, $4.345B for Wildland Firefighting, $1.043M for the Smithsonian Institution, $155M for the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, and $3.005M for the Council on Environmental Quality.

Senate FY19 Interior Environment Appropriations Bill Text

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20Interior%20Environment%20Appropriations%20Act,%20S.30731.pdf

Senate FY19 Interior Environment Appropriations Bill Summary – Republicans

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/fy2019-interior-environment-appropriations-bill-approved-by-senate-subcommittee 

Senate FY19 Interior Environment Appropriations Bill Summary – Democrats

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/summary_–senate-appropriations-subcommittee-approves-fy-19-interior-environment-and-related-agencies-appropriations-bill- 

Senate FY19 Interior Environment Appropriations Bill Report Language

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20Interior%20Environment%20Appropriations%20Act,%20Report%20115-2761.pdf

Senate FY19 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved their $4.79B FY19 Legislative Branch spending bill in full committee by a vote of 31-0. The bill provides $90M more than FY18 enacted levels. The bill will be considered on the Senate floor next week with the Energy & Water and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs spending bills in a minibus appropriations measure.

The bill provides $589.7M for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) ($10.8M above FY18), $453M for the U.S. Capitol Police ($26.5M above FY18), $92.5M for the Copyright Office ($20.5M above FY18), $50.3M for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) ($350K above FY18), $509.8M for the Architect of the Capitol ($5M above FY18), and $123.8M for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) ($4.5M above FY18).

Senate FY19 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Text

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20Legislative%20Branch%20Appropriations%20Act,%20S.30711.pdf

Senate FY19 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Summary – Republicans

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/fy2019-legislative-branch-appropriations-bill-advanced-by-committee

Senate FY19 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Summary – Democrats

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/summary_–legislative-branch-fiscal-year-2019-appropriations-bill-

Senate FY19 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Report Language

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20Legislative%20Branch%20Appropriations%20Act,%20Report%20115-2741.pdf

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Status

Subcommittee House Action Senate Action
Agriculture Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 16

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Commerce Justice Science Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 17

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Defense Subcommittee: June 7

Full Committee: June 13

Week of June 25-29
Energy & Water Subcommittee: May 7

Full Committee: May 16

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Financial Services Subcommittee: May 24

Full Committee: June 13

Week of June 18-22
Homeland Security Week of June 18-22
Interior Environment Subcommittee: May 15

Full Committee: June 6

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Labor HHS Education Subcommittee: June 15

Full Committee: June 20

Week of June 25-29
Legislative Branch Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Full Committee: June 14
Military Construction VA Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

State Foreign Operations Subcommittee: June 13

Full Committee: June 20

Week of June 18-22
Transportation HUD Subcommittee: May 16

Full Committee: May 23

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

House and Senate Continue Marking Up FY19 Appropriations Bills

House

The House of Representatives considered the FY19 Energy & Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations minibus on the House floor this week. The bill was passed by a vote of 235 to 179. The White House sent a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) to Congress before the considered the minibus spending package.While the White House had some concerns over funding levels for specific programs in the three bills as well as the overall higher non-defense spending caps for FY19, the SAP did not include a veto threat.

White House Statement of Administration Policy on FY19 Energy & Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Spending Bills

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/saphr5895hr_20180605.pdf

House FY19 Defense Appropriations Bill

The House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee approved its $674.6B FY19 spending bill this week. The bill provides $606.5B in base discretionary funding (an increase of $17.1B above FY18) and $68.1B in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Kay Granger (R-TX) expects the full committee to markup the bill next week.

House FY19 Defense Appropriations Bill Text

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP02/20180607/108403/BILLS-115-SC-AP-FY2019-Defense-DefenseBill.pdf

House FY19 Defense Appropriations Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395335

House FY19 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Committee approved its $35.252 FY19 Interior and Environment spending bill by a vote of 25 to 20. The bill’s FY19 funding level is equal to its FY18 enacted level.

Republicans defeated most Democratic attempts to attach amendments related to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s long list of ethical, spending and personnel entanglements. One such amendment, limiting the amount the EPA can spend on individual fountain pens to $50, earned bipartisan support after reports that Administrator Pruitt ordered a $1,560 set of 12 fountain pens.

The full committee adopted the following amendments to the bill:

  • Calvert– The Manager’s amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Newhouse– The amendment prohibits funding to reintroduce grizzly bears into certain areas in the State of Washington. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Aderholt/Rep. Visclosky –The amendment ensures that existing “Buy America” standards at the EPA are maintained. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Cole– The amendment adds report language regarding EPA’s 2010 guidance issued under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act to provide clarity to states and tribes on certain certifications. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Stewart– The amendment adds bill language allowing the Department of Interior to use sterilization in the management of wild horses and burros. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Amodei– The amendment prohibits funding for the Interior Department to issue a final rule on the “Bi-State” district population of the greater Sage Grouse. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Herrera Beutler– The amendment prohibits funding for U.S. Fish and Wildlife to require certain additional land to be set-aside for conservation of the marbled murrelet. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Valadao– The amendment adds language exempting certain California water projects from additional judicial review, which causes unnecessary delays. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Harris– The amendment adds report language related to the E-15 education outreach program at the EPA. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Kaptur– The amendment adds report language encouraging the EPA to review the backlog of applications related to biogas fuel pathways under the Renewable Fuels Program. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Amodei– The amendment prohibits funding for the EPA to require the transfer of groundwater rights as a condition for approving certain permits. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 26-21.
  • Cole– The amendment adds bill language ensuring that trust and treaty obligations are met related to Alaska Native oil and gas revenue sharing. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Kaptur– The amendment prohibits funding for the EPA to purchase fountain pens costing more than $50 each. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

House FY19 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill Text

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20180606/108402/BILLS-115-FC-AP-FY2019-AP00-InteriorEnvironmentBill.pdf

House FY19 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill Summary

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395297

 House FY19 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill Report Language

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20180606/108402/HRPT-115-HR.pdf

 Senate

The Senate Appropriations Committee marked up the FY19 Energy & Water and Agriculture spending bills and reported them out of the full committee on May 24. Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget Administration, sent letters to Chairman Shelby (R-AL) this week that addressed the administration’s concerns with the Senate bills. The letters don’t threaten a veto, but instead end with a comment that the administration wants to work with the Senate to address their concerns.

OMB Letter to Senate Appropriators re: FY19 Agriculture Bill

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Shelby_Agriculture.pdf

OMB Letter to Senate Appropriators re: FY19 Energy & Water Bill

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Shelby_Energy_Water.pdf

Senate FY19 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its $97.1B FY19 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs spending bill in subcommittee and full committee this week, and reported the measure out of full committee by a vote of 31 to 0. The FY19 recommended funding level is $5.1B above the FY18 enacted level.

The bill provides $10.3B to fund 169 military construction projects ($228M above the FY18 level) and $86.4B in discretionary funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs ($5B above FY18). The bill also provided $75.7B in FY2020 advance discretionary funding for veterans health care, and $121.3B in FY2020 advance mandatory funding for veterans benefits. And the legislation includes funding for the American Battle Monuments Commission ($81M), U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims ($35M), Arlington National Cemetery ($137.4M), and the Armed Forces Retirement Home ($64.3M).

Senate FY19 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill Text

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20MilCon-VA%20Appropriations%20Act,%20S.3024.pdf

Senate FY19 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill Summary – Republicans

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/fy2019-milcon-va-appropriations-bill-approved-by-senate-subcommittee

Senate FY19 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill Summary – Democrats

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/summary_–fy2019-milcon-va-appropriations-bill-approved-by-senate-appropriations-subcommittee

Senate FY19 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill Report Language

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20MilCon-VA%20Appropriations%20Act,%20Report%20115-269.pdf

Senate FY19 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill Manager’s Package

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/060718-FY2019%20MilCon-VA%20Appropriations%20Act,%20Manager’s%20Package.pdf

Senate FY19 Transportation HUD Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its $71.417B FY19 Transportation HUD spending bill in subcommittee and full committee this week and reported the bill out of full committee by a vote of 31 to 0. The FY19 recommended funding level is $1.117B above the FY18 enacted level and $23.421B more than the President’s FY19 budget request. The bill provides $26.6B in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Transportation ($698M above FY18) and $44.5B for the Department of Housing and Urban Development ($1.8B above FY18).

Senate FY19 Transportation HUD Appropriations Bill Text

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20THUD%20Appropriations%20Act,%20S.3023.pdf

Senate FY19 Transportation HUD Appropriations Bill Summary – Republicans

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/subcommittee-approves-fy2019-transportation-hud-appropriations-bill

Senate FY19 Transportation HUD Appropriations Bill Summary – Democrats

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/summary-senate-appropriations-subcommittee-approves-fy2019-transportation-hud-appropriations-bill

Senate FY19 Transportation HUD Appropriations Bill Report Language

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2019%20THUD%20Appropriations%20Act,%20Report%20115-268.pdf

Senate FY19 Transportation HUD Appropriations Bill Manager’s Package

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/060718-FY2019%20THUD%20Appropriations%20Act,%20Manager’s%20Package.pdf

FY2019 Appropriations Bills Status

Subcommittee House Action Senate Action
Agriculture Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 16

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Commerce Justice Science Subcommittee: May 9

Full Committee: May 17

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Defense Subcommittee: June 7

Full Committee: June 13

Week of June 25-29
Energy & Water Subcommittee: May 7

Full Committee: May 16

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: May 22

Full Committee: May 24

Financial Services Subcommittee: May 24

Full Committee: June 13

Week of June 18-22
Homeland Security   Week of June 18-22
Interior Environment Subcommittee: May 15

Full Committee: June 6

Subcommittee: June 12

Full Committee: June 14

Labor HHS Education Subcommittee: Week of June 11

Full Committee: Week of June 18

Week of June 25-29
Legislative Branch Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Full Committee: June 14
Military Construction VA Subcommittee: April 26

Full Committee: May 8

Floor: June 8

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7

State Foreign Operations Subcommittee: June 13 Week of June 18-22
Transportation HUD Subcommittee: May 16

Full Committee: May 23

Subcommittee: June 5

Full Committee: June 7