House Appropriators Approve Fiscal Year 2016 Funding Levels
This week the House Appropriations Committee voted along party lines to adopt allocations for the 12 Appropriations subcommittees, which adhere to the overall $1.017 trillion discretionary cap adopted as part of the 2011 Budget Control Act.
Democrats opposed the allocations, instead proposing figures proposed in the President’s budget that would exceed the statutory spending caps by $75 billion. While the overall funding cap is basically flat from the current year, there were some winners and losers in the allocation. The Labor-HHS-Education bill would receive a 2% cut while the Commerce-Justice-Science bill, which funds NSF, NOAA and NASA, is given a slight $176 million increase over last year’s allocation.