The Senate Appropriations Committee on April 14 passed by a 29-1 roll call vote the fiscal 2017 allocations for its 12 individual subcommittees.
The only senator to vote against the allocations was Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), who sees his subcommittee’s allocation drop by about $500 million to $21.2 billion. The agriculture bill is home to most of the programs for which the AVMA advocates federal spending.
Other subcommittee allocations, in billions, are:
- Commerce-Justice-Science: $56.3
- Defense: $515.9; Overseas Contingency Operations: $56.8
- Energy-Water: $37.5
- Financial Services: $22.4
- Homeland Security: $41.2
- Interior-Environment: $32
- Labor-HHS-Education: $161.9
- Legislative Branch: $4.4
- Military Construction-VA: $83
- State-Foreign Operations: $37.2; Overseas Contingency Operations: $14.9
- Transportation-HUD: $56.5
The allocations are consistent with the top-line spending cap of $1.07 trillion approved in the 2015 Balanced Budget Act (P.L. 114-74) and reflect the amounts determined by last year’s budget agreement of $551 billion for defense programs and $518.5 billion for nondefense spending. The caps represent meager increases from the fiscal 2016 discretionary levels set under the budget deal (PL 114-74).
The House Appropriations Committee, which has been approving individual allocations as subcommittees consider their respective bills, is scheduled to consider interim subcommittee allocations on April 19.