Senate spending allocations unveiled, House allocations still to come

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.

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  1. When will the AVMA recognize that US horses are not raised for food and are unsafe to be sent for slaughter for human consumption? Veterinarians take a two part oath, one part being to protect public safety. How is upholding the slaughter of US horses for human consumption protecting public safety, especially now since horse meat has been found in commercially slaughtered, processed and sold in the US supplies of ground Chaopman Study?