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September 2014 Monthly Briefing

The Bottom Line

  • November 4: Mid-Term Elections; December 6: Louisiana Run-Off (if needed)
  • Between FY 1977 and FY 2012, Congress only passed all 12 regular appropriations bills on time in four years – fiscal years 1977, 1989, 1995, and 1997

What's New

Appropriations Update

Congressional consideration of the 12 fiscal year 2015 appropriations bills has ground to a halt. With the October 1 start of the new fiscal year approaching, not a single funding bill has cleared the Congress. A Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government past the November 4 general election is expected.

House GOP leaders on September 9 released a draft CR that would fund the government through December 11.  They also announced plans to have a vote on the bill on September 11. However, within 24 hours the vote was “indefinitely postponed.” The leadership informally said that another effort to pass a CR in the House will occur on Wednesday, September 17. House leaders said the delay was due to internal disagreements on extending the authorization of the Export-Import Bank and funding authorizations related to the ISIS threat. The Club for Growth, a conservative fiscal group, has been actively lobbying to defeat the CR in an effort to eventually kill the Export-Import Bank. In addition, some conservatives are trying to prevent a “lame duck” session and demanding that the CR extend into the next Congress. Senate leaders are awaiting House action before proceeding.

Details on the Draft Continuing Resolution

The draft House CR would fund the government at the current annual rate of $1.012 trillion, with no new policy riders or changes to existing statutes. However, the proposed bill has about a dozen “anomalies” – funding changes within the total level of funding in the legislation. To fund those changes, the bill includes an across-the-board cut of 0.0554 percent. Among the “anomalies”:

There are four likely scenarios for the appropriations “end game” this session:

The Limited Action to Date

The fiscal year 2015 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill, which would fund programs of priority interest to ASPPH members, cleared the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee on June 10, but has not been considered by the full Senate Appropriations Committee or by any House panel. As previously reported, the subcommittee’s bill provides $30.459 billion for NIH, an increase of $605.7 million, or 2 percent, over the FY 2014 level. The bill also provides $7.054 billion in “program level” funding for the CDC, a 2.5 percent increase or $170.9 million over the comparable FY 2014 level. For the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the subcommittee provides $373.3 million, $2.3 million more than the FY 2014 funding level. For the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the subcommittee provides $6.3 billion, an increase of 0.4 percent over the FY 2014 level. After a delay, the bill and report text were released on July 23rd. It showed that all of ASPPH’s specific legislative priorities are funded at their existing (FY 2014) levels.

Other Items of Note

ASPPH Appropriations Priorities FY 2015 (292 KB)

Previous Month's Briefings

August 2014 Monthly Briefing

Congress left for its five-week summer recess on August 1st without having cleared any of the 12 fiscal year 2015 appropriations bills. A continuing resolution to fund the government is almost certain.

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June 2014 Monthly Briefing

Due to election year concerns, it is unlikely the House or Senate will consider their FY 2015 Appropriations bills before the November Midterm Elections. Though the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee marked-up their version on June 10, the details have yet to be released.

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May 2014 Monthly Briefing

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are beginning to consider Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations legislation. ASPPH’s legislative priorities include ensuring the adequate funding of important workforce and research programs.

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