Committee on Appropriations

Hal Rogers

Full Committee Markup - FY 2016 Defense Appropriations Bill

2015/05/26

Purpose: FY 2016 Defense Appropriations Bill Read More

Appropriations Committee Approves the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Bill

2015/05/20

The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill on a voice vote. The bill funds the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies.

The legislation contains $51.4 billion in total discretionary funding, an increase of $1.3 billion over fiscal year 2015 and $661 million below the President’s request for these programs. The bill prioritizes funding for law enforcement, national security, science, and space exploration programs.

“This bill supports a broad range of federal programs that are important to our safety, our economy, and our nation’s place as a global leader in research and innovation,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “It prioritizes law enforcement, counterterrorism and cyber security, and important science programs, while weeding out waste and excess. The sound investments in this legislation will help spur American innovation both today and into the future.”

“This is a tough budget year, but this bill ensures our law enforcement officers have the resources they need to protect our lives and property," said CJS Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson. "It also makes important scientific research a top priority. Breakthroughs in these areas are vital to America’s future economic growth.”

The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:

Rep. Culberson – The manager’s amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Farr –The amendment increases funds for the NOAA Bay Watershed and Training education program by $7.2 million, offset by a cut to the NOAA Administrative account. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz – The amendment adds $5 million to the DOJ Rape Survivor Child Custody Act program, offset by a cut to the Commerce Departmental Management account. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. McCollum – The amendment adds report language to support DOJ efforts to prevent the recruitment of at-risk youth to terrorist activities, and requests a report on these efforts. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz – The amendment designates $1 million in funding within the Missing and Exploited Children program, for the purpose of hiring wounded warriors to assist with these cases. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Fattah – The amendment names the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) initiative in honor of officer Robert Wilson III. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

The bill was approved by the Committee on a voice vote.

For a bill summary, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394203

For the text of the bill, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-114HR-SC-AP-FY2016-CJS-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf

For the bill report, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-114-hr-fy2016-cjs.pdf

 

 

 

#####


Read More

House Passes Fiscal Year 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

2015/05/19

The U.S. House today approved the fiscal year 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill (H.R. 2250) on a vote of 357-67. The bill provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance.

The total included for the House and joint operations, excluding Senate-only items, is $3.3 billion. This is the same as the 2015 level and $172.3 million below the President’s request. In all, funding for the House of Representatives has been reduced by 14% since Republicans gained its control in January 2011.

The legislation also includes a provision to freeze the pay of Members of Congress, preventing any pay increases in fiscal year 2016. A freeze on the salaries of Representatives has been in place since 2010.

“This bill sets a high standard for fiscal responsibility for the House of Representatives – marking the third year in a row that we have frozen our own budget and making good on our promise to rein in wasteful spending and do more with less,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This bill will allow the House of Representatives to fulfill its core duties within a responsible, realistic budget, and preserve the open democracy that makes this nation so great.”

For a list of House-passed amendments to H.R. 2250, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/05.19.15_FY_2016_Legislative_Branch_Bill_-_Floor_Adopted_Amendments.pdf

For a summary of the legislation, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394163

For the text of the bill, please visit:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2250rh/pdf/BILLS-114hr2250rh.pdf

For the bill report, please visit:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-114hrpt110/pdf/CRPT-114hrpt110.pdf

 

 

#####

Read More

Chairman Rogers Floor Statement on H.R. 2250, the FY 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

2015/05/19

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today gave the following statement in support of H.R. 2250, the fiscal year 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, on the House floor:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 2250, the Fiscal Year 2016 bill providing funding for the operations of the Legislative Branch.

"H.R. 2250 sets a high standard for fiscal responsibility for the House of Representatives, freezing funding at last year’s level of $3.3 billion. This is the third year in a row that we have frozen the budget of the House of Representatives – making good on our promise to rein in spending and do more with less. This level maintains the 14 percent reduction in House funding that begun when Republicans took control of the House over four years ago.

"In addition, we have continued the freeze on Member pay that has been in place since 2010.

"The bill includes numerous provisions designed to guarantee that the House and its support agencies are spending their tax dollars appropriately and to keep them accountable to the tax payers. This includes enhancing oversight of the Cannon restoration project, and making sure that Congress approves any large-scale construction project.

"These steps will help ensure that this type of major undertaking stays on time and on budget, and is especially important given the historical significance of our buildings and the importance of their use.

"The $3.3 billion this bill provides for the House is directed to support the most important functions of our legislative branch – keeping our Member and Committee offices open for business, protecting the safety of those who work in and visit the Capitol Complex, and improving the way our support agencies operate. For instance, the Capitol Police budget has been increased by $21 million to ensure our men in blue have the resources needed to protect this hallowed building and its grounds. And where we have seen issues in the agencies funded by this bill – for instance, IT infrastructure challenges at the Library of Congress – we have taken the steps to make sure that these will be fixed moving forward.

"I want to thank the Chairman of the Subcommittee, Congressman Tom Graves of Georgia, for his fine work on this bill – his first as a Cardinal. I also want to thank the Ranking Member and the rest of the Subcommittee for their attentive work to this small but mighty bill. And lastly, I want to thank the hard-working staff, who helped bring this bill to the floor today.

"Mr. Speaker, I am proud that the House can lead by example when it comes to restoring fiscal discipline to the operations of the federal government. This bill will allow the House of Representatives to fulfill its core duties within a responsible, realistic budget, and preserve the democracy that makes this nation so great.

"Thank you, and I yield back."

#####

Read More

Chairman Tom Graves Floor Statement on H.R. 2250, the FY 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

2015/05/19

House Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee Chairman Tom Graves today gave the following statement on the House floor in support of H.R. 2250, the fiscal year 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill:

"Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

"When I joined the Appropriations Committee a little over 4 years ago, I said that I wanted this committee to be known as a place where taxpayer money was saved, not spent.

"And in recent years there’s been a major change in the perception of this committee, thanks in large part to the leadership of Chairman Rogers and the members of the committee.

"The process is open and transparent, and this committee has made a priority of ensuring every taxpayer dollar is spent wisely.

"In keeping with that trend, the bill we are here to debate today holds the line on spending. It’s a bill that honors and respects taxpayers, while preserving the beauty of the Capitol campus, providing essential security for visitors and staff, and ensuring that we are able to provide the services that our constituents expect and deserve. 

"This bill provides a total of $3.3 billion for the Legislative Branch, excluding Senate items.

"The bill continues the freeze on funding for the House of Representatives, including leadership, Committees and member office budgets. It also continues the member pay freeze that was put in place in 2010.

"In all, this represents a14 percent reduction in funding for the House of Representatives since Republicans gained control of Congress in January 2011.

"More specifically, this bill increases funding for the Capitol Police and allows small increases for several other agencies, while trimming budgets in less critical areas.

"This bill recognizes the continuing challenges faced by the Architect of the Capitol. There’s a balance that must be struck between preserving these historic buildings and funding other critical projects, including life safety projects. Overall, the Architect’s budget is one that was trimmed.

"This bill puts a new emphasis on transparency and accountability in the major construction projects under the Architect.  That’s why this bill transitions to direct appropriations for the Cannon restoration project rather than continue to use the House Historic Building Revitalization fund.

"This change will significantly improve the committee’s ability to provide oversight for this major project.

"Additionally, this bill includes language that places a 25% cap on the amount available for the larger projects within the Legislative Branch.

"In order to receive the remaining 75% of the appropriation, this new oversight feature requires a plan for any projects over $5 million to be submitted to the GAO and the Committee for approval.  The plan must address any projected changes to the project’s schedule and costs, and it must include a description of the safeguards taken to ensure the project remains on time and on budget.

"Regarding the Library of Congress, this bill includes funding to meet the Library’s current needs, including an increase for the Copyright Office to reduce claims processing and analyze possible process improvements.

"Additionally, the Committee will be working with the Library in the upcoming months to track its progress in addressing its critical IT infrastructure problems, which were identified in a recent GAO report.

"In closing, I would like to thank Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz, Chairman Rogers, Ms. Lowey, the members of our Subcommittee and Full Committee, and staff for their hard work throughout this process.

"This is a product we can be proud of.

"I reserve the balance of my time."

#####

Read More

House Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Defense Bill

2015/05/19

The House Appropriations Committee today released the subcommittee draft of the fiscal year 2016 Defense Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation funds critical national security needs, military operations abroad, and health and quality-of-life programs for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.

In total, the bill provides $578.6 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $24.4 billion above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $800 million above the President’s request. This includes $88.4 billion in Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding for war efforts and related costs, which is within the level assumed in the House and Senate budget conference agreement.

“Threats to our country and on our people continue to grow, and around the world new areas of concern seem to sprout up almost monthly. It is now more important than ever to provide our troops and commanders with the tools and support they need to protect our great nation and our way of life,” Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This bill makes the most of a very tight budget, utilizing all resources to ensure that our military remains the best in the world, and that they are ready and able to protect all of us from those that wish to do harm.”

“To date, this Subcommittee has worked in a bipartisan fashion to ensure that our armed forces are agile, efficient, ready and lethal,” said Defense Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen. “This legislation recognizes that it is an increasingly dangerous world and we must guarantee that our military and intelligence community have the strength and capability to meet the rise of Islamic terror groups and other emerging threats and deter would be aggressors like Iran, China, and Russia and North Korea. I am proud that we have kept faith with the brave men and women, and their families, who selflessly serve our country.”

Bill Highlights:

Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) – The legislation provides $88.4 billion for the Global War on Terrorism. This funding will provide the needed resources for the preparation and operation of our forces in the field, including funding for personnel requirements, operational needs, the purchase of new aircraft to replace combat losses, combat vehicle safety modifications, additional Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets, and maintenance of facilities and equipment. It also provides critical support to our key allies, such as Ukraine and Jordan, to resist aggression.

Military Personnel and Pay – The legislation includes $133.2 billion – $122.8 billion in base funding and $10.5 billion in GWOT funding – to provide for 1,308,915 active-duty troops and 819,200 Guard and reserve troops. This funding level is $225 million above fiscal year 2015, and provides critical support for the Global War on Terror and the defense of our nation. The bill fully funds the authorized 2.3 percent pay raise for the military, instead of 1.3 percent as requested by the President, and provides funding to maintain 100 percent of troop housing costs through the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH).

Operation and Maintenance – Included in the legislation is $218.8 billion – $162.3 billion in base funding and $56.5 billion in GWOT funding – for operation and maintenance, $6.2 billion above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $2.6 billion above the President’s request. This funding supports key readiness programs to prepare our troops for combat and peacetime missions, including flight time and battle training, equipment and facility maintenance, and base operations. Within this amount, the bill includes an additional $3.2 billion to fill readiness shortfalls, $1.4 billion to invest in facility sustainment, restoration, and modernization programs, and $90 million for depot maintenance programs.

Research and Development – The bill contains $67.9 billion – $66.2 billion in base funding and $1.7 billion in GWOT funding – for research, development, testing, and evaluation of new defense technologies. This is $4 billion above the fiscal year 2015 level, and will help to advance the safety and success of current and future military operations and prepare our nation to meet a broad range of future security threats.

Specifically, this funding will support research and development of: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter; the GPS III operational control and space segments; the new Air Force bomber program; a next-generation JSTARS aircraft; the RQ-4 Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; the Navy’s Future Unmanned Carrier-based Strike System, the Ohio-class submarine replacement; Stryker lethality; the Israeli Cooperative Programs; and other important research and development activities.

Equipment Procurement – The legislation provides a total of $116.7 billion – $98.6 billion in base funding and $18.1 billion in GWOT funding – for equipment and upgrades. This is $12.5 billion above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $3 billion above the President’s request. These funds support our nation’s military readiness by providing the necessary platforms, weapons, and other equipment our military needs to train, maintain the force, and conduct successful operations.

For example, the bill includes: $16.9 billion to procure nine Navy ships, including two DDG-51 guided missile destroyers, and three Littoral Combat Ships; $8.4 billion for 65 F-35 aircraft; $1.2 billion for 64 AH-64 helicopters; $3 billion for 16 P-8A Poseidon aircraft; $1.6 billion for 102 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters; $2.3 billion for 12 KC-46 tanker aircraft; $660 million for seven EA-18G Growler aircraft; $350 million for 5 FA-18 E/F Super Hornet aircraft; $315 million for Stryker lethality upgrades; and $55 million for the Israeli Cooperative Program Iron Dome.

Defense Health and Military Family Programs – The bill contains $31.7 billion – $667 million below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $813 million below the request – for the Defense Health Program to provide care for our troops, military families, and retirees. While below the current year, this level is sufficient to meet the entire scope of all estimated needs and requirements in the next fiscal year.

The bill provides $252 million for cancer research, $105 million for medical facility upgrades, $100 million for traumatic brain injury and psychological health research, $212 million for suicide prevention outreach programs, and $283 million for sexual assault prevention and response. All of these funding levels represent increases above the President’s request for these programs.

Military Force Structure – The bill ensures the A-10 Warthog remains available for close air support, and to ensure that Army National Guard end strength and full-time support levels do not fall below fiscal year 2015 authorized levels. The bill also provides language prohibiting the transfer of AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard to the regular Army during fiscal year 2016.

Savings and Reductions to the President’s Request – The bill reflects common-sense decisions to save taxpayer dollars where possible in areas that will not affect the safety or success of our troops and missions. Some of these savings include: $1.15 billion for favorable foreign currency fluctuations, $814 million from lower than expected fuel costs, and $870 million in savings from rescissions of unused prior-year funding.

For text of the legislation, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-114HR-SC-AP-FY2016-Defense-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf

 

#####

Read More

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2016 Defense Appropriations Bill

2015/05/15

This Mark Up is CLOSED. Purpose: Mark Up Appropriations Bill, FY 2016 Read More

Full Committee Markup - FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill

2015/05/15

Purpose: FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill Read More

Appropriations Committee Approves the Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Bill

2015/05/13

The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill on a vote of 30-21. The legislation includes funding for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies. It will now go to the House floor for consideration.

In total, the bill reflects an allocation of $55.3 billion in discretionary spending – an increase of $1.5 billion above fiscal year 2015 and $9.7 billion below the President’s budget request. However, given reduced offsets – primarily caused by a $1.1 billion decline in Federal Housing Administration receipts – the bill actually represents an increase of only $25 million above the current level. Within the legislation, funds are targeted toward transportation, infrastructure, and housing programs of national need and significance that have the biggest impact on Americans and communities across the country.

“This bill strikes a smart, intentional balance between funding essential programs and making responsible reductions to lower-priority activities to make sure we meet our tight-budget guidelines.” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This balance allows for important investments in national transportation infrastructure and programs that promote our economic well-being, and to help those people who are in dire need of affordable housing options.”

Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart said, “This bill supports our nation's most critical infrastructure and housing needs by focusing on core operations and cutting wasteful programs. Though difficult decisions had to be made, I am confident our priorities will ensure the stability of these vital areas. I look forward to continue working with my colleagues to move this bill through the legislative process."

The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:

Rep. Diaz-Balart – The manager’s amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Culberson – The amendment prohibits funds for two light rail projects in Harris County, TX, unless the voters within the jurisdiction approve the projects. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Lowey – The amendment increases the set aside for Highway Rail Grade Crossings within the Federal Highway Administration Highway Formula by $130 million. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Kaptur – The amendment increases funds for the St. Lawrence Seaway account by $3 million, offset by a cut to the Maritime Operations and Training account. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Rigell – The amendment increases funds for the Washington Metro Transit Authority (WMATA) by $25 million, offset by a $22 million cut from the Federal Aviation Administration and a $3 million cut to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) administrative account. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. 

The bill was approved by the Committee on a vote of 30-21.

For a summary of the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394177

For the text of the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-114hr-fc-ap-fy2016-ap00-thud.pdf

For the text of the report, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-114-hr-fy2016-thud.pdf

 

 

#####

Read More

Appropriations Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Bill

2015/05/13

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The bill funds the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies.

The legislation contains $51.4 billion in total discretionary funding, an increase of $1.3 billion over fiscal year 2015 and $661 million below the President’s request for these programs. The bill prioritizes funding for law enforcement, national security, science, and space exploration programs.

“This legislation increases funds for some of the most important aspects of our government – federal law enforcement agencies and counterintelligence efforts that protect families and communities across the nation and bring those who break our laws to justice,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “It also maintains investments in important scientific research, economic innovation, and programs that will allow our nation to continue to lead in the global economy and put us on the fast track to increased job growth. It is a good bill, and I’m proud to support it.”

“This is a tough budget year, but this bill ensures our law enforcement officers have the resources they need to protect our lives and property," said CJS Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson. "It also makes important scientific research a top priority. Breakthroughs in these areas are vital to America’s future economic growth.”

Bill Highlights:

Department of Justice (DOJ) – The bill funds DOJ at $27.5 billion, an increase of $852 million above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. This funding will strengthen critical investigation, law enforcement, and prosecution activities to protect the safety and well-being of communities across the country.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – The bill includes $8.6 billion for the FBI – an increase of $111 million above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. Within this funding, priority is given to counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cybercrime.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – The DEA is funded at $2.4 billion in the legislation, an increase of $45 million above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. This includes $372 million for regulatory and enforcement efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) – The legislation contains $1.25 billion for the ATF, $49 million above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. The bill continues all provisions carried in previous years related to Second Amendment rights, and makes four of these provisions permanent law. Also included is a provision prohibiting funding for an unauthorized reporting and registration requirement on the sale of multiple rifles to the same person in various border states.
  • Grant Programs – The bill includes a total of $2 billion for various grant programs, a reduction of $334 million below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. Within this amount, funds are targeted to the highest-priority national programs, including $474 million for Violence Against Women programs (an increase of $44 million), $409 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (an increase of $33 million), $220 million for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (which the President proposed to eliminate), and $68 million for missing and exploited children programs. 

In addition, the bill creates a new, $50 million “Community Trust Initiative.” This will fund efforts to improve the safety of local communities and support police training and research, including: $15 million for body camera pilots and research, $30 million for justice reform and collaboration efforts, and $5 million for improved statistics collection.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – NASA is funded at $18.5 billion in the bill, $519 million above the 2015 enacted level. This funding includes:

  • $4.8 billion for Exploration – $403 million above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. This includes funding to continue the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Space Launch System flight program, and to continue progress in the commercial crew program.
  • $5.2 billion for NASA Science programs – $7 million below the 2015 enacted level. This includes funding above the President’s request for planetary science to ensure the continuation of critical research and development programs.

Department of Commerce – The bill includes $8.2 billion for the Commerce Department, a reduction of $251 million below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $1.6 billion below the President’s request for these programs. This includes funding for the following agencies:

  • Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) – The bill provides $3.3 billion for the PTO, which is equal to the estimated amount of fees to be collected by the PTO during fiscal year 2016. The bill also includes a provision that allows the PTO to use any fees in excess of the estimated collected amount, subject to congressional approval. 
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – NIST is funded at $855 million in the bill, which is $9 million below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. Within this total, important core research activities are funded at $675 million to help advance U.S. competitiveness, innovation, and economic growth, and to improve cyber security.

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – The legislation contains $5.2 billion for NOAA, which is $274 million below the enacted level. Within this total, the National Weather Service is funded at $968 million – $4 million above the President’s request. The bill also includes full funding for the continuation of the current Joint Polar Satellite System weather satellite program and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite program to help maintain and improve weather forecasting to warn communities about potentially devastating natural disasters..

  • Census Bureau – The Census Bureau is funded at $1.1 billion in the bill, $25 million above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $387 million below the request. The additional funding is for research and planning activities as we approach the next decennial census. .

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) – The legislation funds NSF at $7.4 billion, an increase of $50 million above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. This funding is targeted to programs that foster innovation and U.S. economic competitiveness, including funding for research on advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, neuroscience and STEM education.

Savings – The bill makes reductions to several lower-priority programs for a savings of over $400 million compared to fiscal year 2015, and it rescinds $375 million in unused prior year funds.

Other Provisions – The bill includes several policy provisions, such as:

  • Continuation of a prohibition on the transfer or release of Guantanamo detainees into the U.S.;

  • Continuation of various existing provisions related to firearms;

  • A prohibition on NASA and the Office of Science and Technology Policy engaging in bilateral activities with China unless authorized or certified via procedures established in the bill;

  • Prohibits funds for exports to the Cuban military officers or their families;

  • Continues language prohibiting funds to relinquish the responsibility of Department of Commerce with respect to Internet domain name system functions; and

  • A continuation of existing policies related to the sanctity of life.

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-114HR-SC-AP-FY2016-CJS-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf Read More

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill

2015/05/11

Purpose: Mark Up Appropriations Bill, FY 2016 Read More

Full Committee Markup - FY 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill

2015/05/08

Purpose: FY 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Read More

House Passes Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

2015/05/01

The U.S. House today approved the fiscal year 2016 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on a vote of 240-177.

The legislation provides annual funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy (DOE), and other related agencies. In total, the bill funds these programs at $35.4 billion – $1.2 billion above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $633 million below the President’s request. 

“This is a comprehensive, bipartisan bill that smartly funds our nation’s energy programs and water infrastructure. This legislation affects every district, every county, and every state in the country – facilitating American commerce, encouraging energy independence and innovation, cutting the Administration’s red tape, and boosting our national security,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “In particular, the bill provides strong support for our nuclear weapons programs to continue the safety, security and reliability of our nuclear stockpile, maintain our deterrence posture, and make sure that our military is ready to respond to any and all threats from our enemies,” he continued.

“This bill is good for the economy, good for our security, good for American businesses, and good for the American people,” Chairman Rogers said.

For a list of amendments to the bill adopted on the House floor, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/05.01.15_FY_2016_Energy_and_Water_Bill_-_Floor_Adopted_Amendments.pdf

For the text of the draft bill, please visit:

https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr2028/BILLS-114hr2028rh.pdf

For the draft bill report, please visit:

https://www.congress.gov/114/crpt/hrpt91/CRPT-114hrpt91.pdf

For a summary, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394139

 

#####

 

Read More

House Passes Fiscal Year 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Legislation

2015/04/30

On a bipartisan basis, the U.S. House today approved the fiscal year 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill (H.R. 2029) on a vote of 255-163.

The legislation contains funding to house, train, and equip military personnel, provide housing and services to military families, and help maintain base infrastructure. The bill also funds veterans’ benefits and programs.

In total, the bill provides $76.6 billion in discretionary funding – $4.6 billion above the fiscal year 2015 level. This represents a 5.6 percent increase over the fiscal year 2015 level for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – including increases for health care, benefit claims processing, the Board of Veterans Appeals, medical and prosthetic research, and information technology. Of this funding, $58.7 billion was provided in the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill. Military construction is increased by $904 million over the fiscal year 2015 enacted level, which allows for full funding of family housing, construction of hospitals and health facilities, and support for critical overseas investments.  

Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers made the following statement on the legislation today:

“The FY 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill provides discretionary funding for important veterans benefits and services, and for the infrastructure that supports the brave men and women serving in our Armed Forces and their families,” Chairman Rogers said. “In all, this bill totals $4.6 billion above last year – a demonstration of our commitment to our warfighters, our veterans, and their loved ones, who have sacrificed so much to protect this great nation.”

“This is the first bill of the Appropriations process, and I am pleased that we are off to such an early start – the earliest start since at least 1974 – continuing our good work from last year. I am optimistic that we will have a successful appropriations year, finishing on time and under regular order,” Chairman Rogers added.

For a list of amendments adopted to the bill on the House floor, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/4.29.15_FY_2016_MilCon-VA_-_Floor_Adopted_Amendments.pdf

For the text of the bill, please visit:

https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr2029/BILLS-114hr2029rh.pdf

For the bill report, please visit:

https://www.congress.gov/114/crpt/hrpt92/CRPT-114hrpt92.pdf

For a bill summary, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394141

 

#####

Read More

Fiscal Year 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Approved

2015/04/30

The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. The bill will now head to the House floor for consideration. The bill provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance. 

The total included for the House and joint operations, excluding Senate-only items, is $3.3 billion. This is the same as the 2015 level and $172.3 million below the President’s request. In all, funding for the House of Representatives has been reduced by 14% since Republicans gained its control in January 2011.

The legislation also includes a provision to freeze the pay of Members of Congress, preventing any pay increases in fiscal year 2016. A freeze on the salaries of Representatives has been in place since 2010.

“This is the smallest Appropriations bill, but it is hugely important for the continued functioning of the Nation’s Capitol and our democratic process. It provides security for Members, staff, and visitors alike, continues day-to-day operations that give visitors access to this great institution, and allows each and every Member’s office to best serve their constituents,” Chairman Hal Rogers said. “Our Capitol is an important symbol of the world’s greatest democracy at work, and this bill will help preserve and honor that legacy.”

Congressman Tom Graves, Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, stated, “The United States Capitol is a source of pride for every American and a symbol of freedom that is recognized around the world. This bill preserves the beauty and structures of the Capitol grounds, provides essential security for visitors and employees, and ensures that the people’s business is carried out in a fiscally responsible way. I’m grateful to all the subcommittee members for working in a thoughtful and bipartisan way to craft a bill that honors and respects taxpayers today and preserves this institution for future generations.”

The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:

Rep. Tom Graves – The manager’s amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz – The amendment directs the Chief Administrative Officer to establish a House Technology Task Force and report its findings to the Committee. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Fortenberry – The amendment adds $4.7 million to the bill for the "Open World" leadership exchange program, offset by a reduction to the Capitol Power Plant. The amendment also adds language to ensure program participants from Russia are only engaged in free market, humanitarian, and civic engagement activities, and not officials of the central Russian government. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. 

The bill was approved by the full committee on a voice vote.

For the text of the bill, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/leg_xml-subcommittee.pdf

For the bill report, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-114-hr-fy2016-legbranch.pdf

For a summary of the legislation, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394163

 

 

 

 

#####

Read More

Full Committee Markup - FY 2016 Legislative Branch Bill

2015/04/27

To consider: Full Committee Markup of Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill, FY 2016 Read More

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill

2015/04/23

Purpose: Mark Up Appropriations Bill, FY 2016 Read More

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill

2015/04/20

Purpose: Mark Up Appropriations Bill, FY 2016 Read More

Budget Hearing - Federal Emergency Management Agency

2015/04/14

Witness: The Honorable W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency Read More

Public and Outside Witness Hearing

2015/03/16


There is no media available for this committee.

Contact Information

H-307 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2771
Fax 202-225-7771
appropriations.house.gov


Membership

Robert Aderholt

ALABAMA's 4th DISTRICT

Mark Amodei

NEVADA's 2nd DISTRICT

Ken Calvert

CALIFORNIA's 42nd DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Tom Cole

OKLAHOMA's 4th DISTRICT

Ander Crenshaw

FLORIDA's 4th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Charlie Dent

PENNSYLVANIA's 15th DISTRICT

Mario Diaz-Balart

FLORIDA's 25th DISTRICT

Chuck Fleischmann

TENNESSEE's 3rd DISTRICT

Jeff Fortenberry

NEBRASKA's 1st DISTRICT

Rodney Frelinghuysen

NEW JERSEY's 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Tom Graves

GEORGIA's 14th DISTRICT

Andy Harris

MARYLAND's 1st DISTRICT

Jaime Herrera Beutler

WASHINGTON's 3rd DISTRICT

Evan Jenkins

WEST VIRGINIA's 3rd DISTRICT

David Jolly

FLORIDA's 13th DISTRICT

David Joyce

OHIO's 14th DISTRICT

Alan Nunnelee

MISSISSIPPI's 1st DISTRICT

Scott Rigell

VIRGINIA's 2nd DISTRICT

Martha Roby

ALABAMA's 2nd DISTRICT

Hal Rogers

KENTUCKY's 5th DISTRICT

Tom Rooney

FLORIDA's 17th DISTRICT

Mike Simpson

IDAHO's 2nd DISTRICT

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT

David Valadao

CALIFORNIA's 21st DISTRICT

Steve Womack

ARKANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Kevin Yoder

KANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

David Young

IOWA's 3rd DISTRICT