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07.14.2014

Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

FY 2015 Appropriations Action

Regular order in the appropriations process once again seems to have fallen victim to election-year partisanship and political positioning. With fewer than 14 legislative days left before the August recess, a Continuing Resolution (CR) funding the government at least into the lame duck session is quickly becoming more than just a possibility.

House and Senate appropriators continue to process bills through the committee – albeit at a much slower pace than when they started – laying the foundation for a possible omnibus bill in the lame duck session. Following this week’s full committee markup of the Interior and Environment spending bill, the House Appropriations Committee will have approved all but one of its FY 2015 appropriations bills, the Labor-HHS-Education bill. Last week, subcommittee chair Jack Kinston (R-GA) conceded the uncertainty that the bill will even make it through the subcommittee because of opposition to the bill – for differing reasons – by both parties (scheduling of the markup is further complicated by Rep. Kingston’s July 22 runoff election for the Republican nomination for Georgia’s open Senate seat). The House will bring its seventh FY 2015 appropriations bill to the floor this week when it begins consideration of the Financial Services spending bill (H.R. 5016/ H. Rept. 113-508) on Wednesday.

Senate appropriators will likely approve the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill this week, but the remainder of the Senate process is effectively stalled due to anticipated contentious amendments on Administration priorities and reluctance of Senate leaders to force controversial election-year votes for vulnerable Democrats. As previously reported, the AG-CJS-THUD minibus was pulled from the floor for this reason and full committee consideration of the Energy & Water and Financial Services bills was delayed as well. The Interior and Environment and Labor-HHS-Education bills have yet to be scheduled for subcommittee action.

Emergency Supplemental

Last week’s submission by the White House of a $3.7 billion emergency supplemental request to address the child migrant crisis at the southern border has further complicated the FY 2015 appropriations process. Senate appropriators held a review of the proposal last week and House appropriators may do so in the coming weeks, but it is unclear when or if a legislative package will develop. House Republicans would prefer to include spending to address the crisis in the FY 2015 appropriations process (in fact, several of the pending House FY 2015 appropriations bills already include funding to address components of the President’s proposal).

This Week’s Hearings

Senate Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, July 15: The Defense Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Wednesday, July 16: The Homeland Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing “Strengthening Trade Enforcement to Protect American Enterprise and Grow American Jobs.”
  • Thursday, July 17: Full committee markup of the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill.

House Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, July 15: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a CLOSED budget hearing on Overseas Contingency Operations Funding.  
  • Tuesday, July 15: Full Committee markup of the FY 2015 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.  

House Budget Committee Hearings

  • Wednesday, July 16: Full committee hearing “The Long-Term Budget Outlook.”
  • Thursday, July 17: Full committee hearing on the President’s Funding Request for Overseas Contingency Operations.
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06.23.2014

Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

FY 2015 Appropriations Action

Senate appropriators will continue their work on FY 2015 spending bills this week despite significant setbacks last week when the committee postponed its consideration of the Energy and Water bill and the Agriculture-CJS-THUD minibus (H.R. 4660) was effectively pulled from the Senate floor when leaders could not agree on an amendment process. Discussions will continue this week in an effort to bring the bill up for the first Senate vote on a regular-order appropriations bill in over three years.

On Tuesday, the House Rules Committee will consider the procedure under which the FY 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill will be brought to the House floor when Congress returns from the July 4 recess.

This Week’s Hearings

Senate Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, June 24: The Homeland Security Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Tuesday, June 24: The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.

House Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, June 24: Full committee markup of the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill.
  • Wednesday, June 25: Full committee markup of the FY 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.
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06.16.2014

Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

FY 2015 Appropriations Action

This week the Senate is anticipated to bring up its first FY 2015 appropriations minibus, a package including the Commerce-Justice-Science (S. 2437/Rept. 113-181), Transportation-Housing (S. 2438/Rept. 113-182), and Agriculture (S. 2389/Rept. 113-164) spending bills. Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) reports the bills will be open to amendments during floor consideration.

The full committee markup of the Labor-HHS-Education bill which was reported out of the Senate appropriations subcommittee last week was indefinitely delayed, in part, due to anticipated contentious amendments regarding healthcare reform.

Last week, the House abruptly pulled its FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill from the floor and instead of resuming action on the bill this week, will instead begin consideration of the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 4870/Rept. 113-473).

This Week’s Hearings

Senate Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, June 17: The Energy and Water Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Tuesday, June 17: The State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Wednesday, June 18: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2015 budget for the Department of Defense.
  • Thursday, June 19: Full committee markup of the FY 2015 Energy and Water, State-Foreign Operations, and Legislative Branch appropriations bills.

House Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, June 17: The State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Wednesday, June 18: The Financial Service and General Government Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Wednesday, June 18: Full committee markup of the FY 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.
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06.09.2014

Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

FY 2015 Appropriations Action

The House is scheduled to consider its fourth and fifth FY 2015 spending bills this week – Transportation-Housing (H.R. 4745/H. Rept. 113-464) and Agriculture (H.R. 4800/H. Rept. 113-468) – while the Appropriations Committee continues its efforts to approve all FY 2015 spending bills by the July 4 recess.  

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) intends to dedicate the weeks of June 16 and June 23 for floor consideration of appropriations bills. While Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) said she will defer to Majority Leader Reid as to the order in which bills are brought to the floor, she also expressed her preference for bringing the bills up in clusters or “minibuses” in order to expedite the floor process. The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved four FY 2015 spending bills: Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, and Science; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; and Transportation and Housing. It is likely the committee will also add Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to this list before or shortly after June 16. Republicans indicate the fate of spending bills on the Senate floor, and subsequently in conference, could depend on whether Majority Leader Reid allows amendment votes during floor consideration.

This week’s hearings

Senate Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, June 10: The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Wednesday, June 11: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for the Missile Defense Agency.

Senate Budget Committee Hearings

  • Wednesday, June 11: The Committee will hold a hearing on the confirmation of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

House Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, June 10: The Energy and Water Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Tuesday, June 10: Full committee markup of the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill.
  • Wednesday, June 11: Full committee markup of the FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

House Budget Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, June 10: Full committee hearing: “A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Reforming Federal Aid.”
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06.02.2014

Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

FY 2015 Appropriations Action

While House members are working in their congressional districts this week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will continue its work on FY 2015 spending bills, with subcommittee and committee markups scheduled for the Transportation-HUD and Commerce-Justice-Science bills.

House and Senate appropriators continue to work toward their self-imposed deadlines to complete the FY 2015 spending bills – the House Appropriations Committee aims to approve all of its bills before the July 4 recess, whereas the Senate Appropriations Committee aims to complete its work by mid-July.  Thus far, the House has moved seven bills out of appropriations subcommittees, five of which have been approved by the full committee and three by the full House. Following this week’s expected action, the Senate committee will have approved four bills.

This Week’s Hearings

Senate Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, June 3: The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Tuesday, June 3: The Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Wednesday, June 4: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a CLOSED hearing on the FY 2015 budget requests for National and Military Intelligence Programs.
  • Thursday, June 5: Full committee markup of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bills.  

Senate Budget Committee Hearings

  • Wednesday, June 4: The Committee will hold a hearing: “Impact of Student Loan Debt on Borrowers and the Economy.”
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05.19.2014

Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

FY 2015 Appropriations Action

The House Appropriations Committee resumes its efforts on FY 2015 spending bills this week, while the Senate begins it work with two subcommittee markups and possible full committee consideration of Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) proposal on how to spread $1.014 trillion in discretionary spending among the 12 appropriations bills (known as 302(b) allocations).

Additionally, today the House Rules Committee is expected to approve an open rule for floor consideration of the FY 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill, paving the way for floor consideration.

This Week’s Hearings

Senate Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, May 20: The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Tuesday, May 20: The Agriculture Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Wednesday, May 21: The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2015 budget requests for the Small Business Administration and the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.  

House Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, May 20: The Agriculture Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Wednesday, May 21: Full committee markup of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.

OTHER ACTIVITY

New Leadership at the Office of Management and Budget

In the wake of Kathleen Sebelius’ departure as the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), President Obama is expected to shuffle several cabinet positions, including nominating Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan to replace Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (the President already nominated Ms. Burwell to replace Ms. Sebelius as HHS Secretary; San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is expected to be the President’s choice to replace Mr. Donovan at HUD).

Mr. Donovan has served as HUD Secretary since the beginning of the Obama Administration and has a long history in housing policy, with a particular focus on affordable housing. As such, in addition to participating in budget and tax reform discussions, he would likely play a leadership role in the Administration’s fiscal strategy regarding the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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05.05.2014

Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

House Passes First FY 2015 Appropriations Bills

Last week, the FY 2015 Legislative Branch (H.R. 4487/H.Rept. 113-417) and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (MilCon) (H.R. 4486/H.Rept. 113-416) appropriations bills passed the House by large margins.  These two measures are considered to be the least contentious of the appropriations bills; hence, the real test will begin this week with the subcommittee markup of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill and possible full committee markup of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) bill.  Additionally, Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) is expected to announce funding allocations (302(b)s) for the remaining FY 2015 spending bills at the next full committee hearing.

Following a District work period scheduled for the week of May 12, the House Appropriations Committee will resume its efforts to complete its spending bills by the July 4 recess, with the anticipated full committee markup of the CJS bill and the subcommittee markup of the Homeland Security spending bill.

Senate 302(b) Allocations Anticipated

While the Senate Appropriations Committee is not scheduled to begin marking up its FY 2015 spending bills until late May (MilCon and Agriculture will be first up for consideration), Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is expected to announce the individual funding allocations (302(b)s) for the Senate bills this week.

This Week’s Hearings

Senate Budget Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, May 6: Full committee hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for the Department of Education.
  • Thursday, May 8: Full committee hearing: “U.S. Economic and Fiscal Outlook.”

Senate Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Wednesday, May 7: The Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2015 budget requests for the Center for Disease Control, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Administration for Children and Families, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
  • Wednesday, May 7: The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee will hold a hearing: “Federal Information Technology Investments.”
  • Wednesday, May 7: The Homeland Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing: “Investing in Cybersecurity: Understanding Risks and Building Capabilities for the Future.”

House Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Wednesday, May 7: The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2015 appropriations bill.
  • Wednesday, May 7: The State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee will hold a hearing: “United States Assistance to Combat Transnational Crime.”
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04.28.2014

Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

House To Begin Floor Consideration of FY 2015 Appropriations Bills

According to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), the House will begin consideration of the FY 2015 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (MilCon) (H.R. 4486/H.Rept. 113-416) and the Legislative Branch (H.R. 4487/H.Rept. 113-417) spending bills this week. The House Rules Committee is expected to meet Tuesday to establish the process for consideration on the House floor. The MilCon bill is expected to come up under an open rule, which allows unlimited amendments, while the Legislative Branch bill is expected to be brought up under a structured rule, which limits amendments to those approved by the Rules panel. This, in part, is in response to an anticipated amendment from Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) to provide a housing stipend to Congress. He proposed the amendment during the committee markup, where it was rejected.

The House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee will consider its FY 2015 spending bill on Wednesday. As such, Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) is also expected to announce the topline allocations for the remaining spending bills this week. He was awaiting the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the President’s FY 2015 Budget Proposal, which was released over the recess.

This Week’s Hearings

Senate Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, April 29: Full committee hearing “Driving Innovation through Federal Investments.” Witnesses: John Holdren, Ph.D., Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President; Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Ph.D.; Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health; France Cordova, Ph.D., Director, National Science Foundation; and Arati Prabhakar, Ph.D., Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense.
  • Wednesday, April 30:  The Interior and Environment Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Wednesday, April 30: The Labor, HHS, and Education Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for the Department of Education.
  • Wednesday, April 30: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for the Department of the Army.
  • Wednesday, April 30: The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for the Department of Treasury and IRS.
  • Wednesday, April 30: The Energy & Water Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
  • Thursday, May 1: The Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for NASA.

House Appropriations Committee Hearings

  • Tuesday, April 29: The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for the Department of Treasury.
  • Tuesday, April 29: The Homeland Security Subcommittee will hold a CLSOED hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for cybersecurity.
  • Tuesday, April 29: The State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for United States Assistance in Africa.
  • Wednesday, April 30: The Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee will hold a markup of it FY 2015 appropriations bill.

House Budget Committee Hearing

  • Wednesday, April 30: Full committee hearing “A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines.” Witnesses: Bishop Shirley Holloway, Founder, House of Help City of Hope and Robert Woodson, President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise.
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04.07.2014

Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

House Will Take Up FY 2015 Budget Resolution

Confident they have a sufficient number of Republican votes, House leaders will bring Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) FY 2015 Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 96) to a floor vote this week.

The resolution maintains the $1.014 trillion FY 2015 discretionary spending cap established in the Bipartisan Budget Act (P.L. 113-67). Chairman Ryan also keeps the separate caps set for defense ($521 billion) and non-defense ($492 billion) programs in FY 2015, but proposes a subsequent shift of approximately $50 billion per year from domestic to defense spending. The resolution also provides $5.1 trillion in federal spending reductions over the next 10 years, achieved through a variety of strategies previously proposed by Republicans: the repeal of Obamacare; the elimination of the Social Services Block Grant; the conversion of Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) into block grants; and the future transition of Medicare into a voucher program.

The House will also take up two additional budget-related bills this week: the Baseline Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 1871) which would eliminate the baseline assumption of annual inflationary adjustments for discretionary spending; and the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act of 2014 (H.R. 1872) which would account for the costs of market risks in federal credit programs. On Friday, the House passed the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act of 2013 (H.R. 1874) which would require dynamic scoring for major legislation.

It is very unlikely the Senate will consider any of these bills.

Appropriators Strive For Regular Order

The House Appropriations Committee will take up its first two FY 2015 spending bills this week, working under Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY) timeline of passing all 12 appropriations bills out of the committee before the July Fourth recess. The committee will take up the least controversial measures, the Legislative Branch and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs bills on Wednesday.   

House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees will also continue FY 2015 Budget hearings this week.

This week’s hearings

Senate Appropriations Committee FY 2015 Budget Hearings

  • Tuesday, April 8: The State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for USAID.
  • Tuesday, April 8: The Legislative Branch Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget requests for the Architect of the Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the Open World Leadership Center.
  • Wednesday, April 9: The Interior-Environment Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Wednesday, April 9: The Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Department of Labor.
  • Wednesday, April 9: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for Defense Health Programs.
  • Wednesday, April 9: The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget requests for the Navy and Air Force.
  • Wednesday, April 9: The Energy and Water Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Department of Energy.
  • Thursday, April 10: The Commerce, Justice Science Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget bequest for the Department of Commerce.

House Appropriations Committee FY 2015 Budget Hearings

  • Monday, April 7: The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  • Tuesday, April 8: The Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for NASA.
  • Tuesday, April 8: The Agriculture Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Department of Agriculture Field Agencies.
  • Tuesday, April 8: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a CLOSED hearing on the budget request for the United States Africa Command.
  • Tuesday, April 8: The Energy and Water Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Department of Energy (Environmental Management).
  • Tuesday, April 8: The Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Department of Education.
  • Tuesday, April 8: The Homeland Security Subcommittee will hold a CLOSED hearing on the budget request for cybersecurity.
  • Tuesday, April 8: The State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for USAID.
  • Tuesday, April 8: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a CLOSED MEMBERS ONLY hearing on the budget request for the United States Special Forces Command.
  • Tuesday, April 8: The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for the General Services Administration (GSA).
  • Wednesday, April 9: The Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Department of Commerce.
  • Wednesday, April 9: The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
  • Thursday, April 10: The Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Bureau of Prisons.
  • Thursday, April 10: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a CLOSED MEMBERS ONLY hearing on the budget request for the Intelligence Community.
  • Thursday, April 10: The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget request for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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03.31.2014

Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

House Will Take Up FY 2015 Budget Resolution

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is expected to release his FY 2015 Budget Resolution this week, with a tentative committee markup planned for Wednesday.

Chairman Ryan is expected to outline an even more conservative fiscal approach than he did for FY 2014, including an additional $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction necessary to balance the budget over the next 10 years. He will likely again propose the partial privatization of Medicare; a conversion of Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) into block grants; a repeal of the healthcare law; and deep discretionary spending cuts beyond FY 2015. We anticipate Chairman Ryan will adhere to the $1.014 trillion discretionary spending cap established in the Bipartisan Budget Act (P.L. 113-67), and, despite increasing pressure to increase defense spending, will maintain the separate caps set for defense ($521 billion) and non-defense ($492 billion) programs. While the topline spending cap will make it difficult to earn the support of many of the 62 Republicans who voted against the budget agreement, the Chairman is hopeful the conservative fiscal approach going forward will sway some of those votes in order to secure the 217 required for passage.

With the discretionary cap for FY 2015 established in the budget agreement, the House budget resolution will primarily serve as a statement of the Republican framework for the upcoming elections. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is planning for a floor vote on the resolution next week.

Anticipated Appropriations Markups and Floor Time

The House Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittees are expected to mark up their spending bills this week. Full committee consideration will follow shortly thereafter during a meeting in which Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) is also expected to announce the 302(b) allocations, or topline numbers, for each of the appropriations bills.

Following Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) statement that he plans to set aside two weeks of floor time in June and two weeks in July for appropriations bills, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced she is planning an aggressive hearing schedule. She intends to conduct a full committee markup of the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs bill on May 22, in order to bring it to the floor after the Memorial Day recess.

While the bills first up for consideration are typically the least controversial spending bills, we expect the FY 2015 appropriations markups to highlight party differences that had been tempered by the congeniality of the December budget agreement and FY 2014 omnibus. Denied the opportunity in the omnibus, Members will push for policy priorities during the FY 2015 process, a strategy already evidenced by the pointed and sometimes contentious questioning – by Democrats and Republicans – of Administration officials during the budget hearings.

The Appropriations Committees will continue FY 2015 Budget hearings this week.

This Week’s Hearings

Senate Appropriations Committee FY 2015 Budget Hearings

  • Wednesday, April 2: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Air Force.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the National Institutes of Health.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Department of Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The Energy and Water Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Interior.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Department of Defense and the Army.
  • Thursday, April 3: The Agriculture Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Food and Drug Administration.

House Appropriations Committee FY 2015 Budget Hearings

  • Tuesday, April 1: The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The Interior Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the United States Forest Service.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The Agriculture Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Drug Enforcement Administration and State of Research on Drug Abuse in America.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The Energy and Water Development Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Department of Energy.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Department of the Treasury.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The Homeland Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
  • Wednesday April 2: The Labor, HHS and Education Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Department of Labor.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the United Nations and International Organizations.
  • Wednesday, April 2: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Defense Health Program.
  • Thursday, April 3: The Interior and Environment Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the National Park Service.
  • Thursday, April 3: The Agriculture Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for USDA Food Safety.
  • Thursday, April 3: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a CLOSED hearing on the Budget Request for the Missile Defense Agency.
  • Thursday, April 3: The Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Small Business Administration.
  • Thursday, April 3: Energy and Water Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Department of Energy (National Nuclear Security Administration).
  • Thursday, April 3: The Defense Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve.
  • Thursday, April 3: The Interior Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Friday, April 4: The Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Department of Justice.
  • Friday, April 4: The Interior Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Friday, April 4: The Agriculture Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for USDA Rural Development.
  • Friday, April 4: The Interior Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
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Ms. Welsh assists clients with the research, development and implementation of legislative strategy in a variety of policy areas.