|Date||March 20, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Kimberly Betz|
On Thursday, March 21, 2013, the House will consider the Senate Amendment to H.R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, under a rule. The Senate passed an amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 933 on March 20, 2013, by a vote of 73-26.
The Senate Amendment, titled the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, includes the following five full-year appropriations bills: Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, Science; Homeland Security; Defense; and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. It also contains a continuing resolution for the remainder of the federal government. CBO reports that the Senate Amendment, like House-passed H.R. 933, provides regular discretionary budget authority for FY 2013 of $1.043 trillion consistent with the Budget Control Act’s spending caps. As with House-passed H.R. 933, the sequester applies. Thus, like H.R. 933, the post-sequester, total discretionary budget authority subject to spending caps for the Senate Amendment is $984 billion.
The Senate Amendment is divided as follows:
Division A provides $20.532 billion of discretionary budget authority for Agriculture, Rural Development, the Food and Drug Administration and related agencies. This is an increase from the $19.565 provided in FY 2012.
Division B provides $50.210 billion of discretionary budget authority for Commerce, Justice, NASA, the National Science Foundation and related agencies. This is a decrease from the $52.774 billion provided in FY 2012.
Division C provides $517.675 billion of discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense, which is approximately the same amount as the level of funding provided in H.R. 933. This is a decrease from the FY 2012 appropriation of $518.15 billion.
Division D provides $39.609 billion of discretionary budget authority for the Department of Homeland Security, nearly equal to the $39.600 billion provided in FY 2012.
Division E provides $71. 883 billion of discretionary budget authority for the Department of Veterans Affairs and for military construction at the Department of Defense. This total is nearly equal to the level provided in H.R. 933 and is a slight increase over the FY appropriation of $71.7 billion.
Division F contains the continuing resolution for all other discretionary budget accounts not covered in divisions A-E. It also contains the anomalies in funding from FY 2012.
FY 2013 government operations have been funded under a continuing resolution that passed the House on September 13, 2012 and was enacted into law on September 28, 2013. The CR continues through March 27, 2013. The House passed H.R. 933 by a vote of 267-151 on March 6, 2013. (See Roll Call #62).
 See H.J.Res. 117
 See id. PL 112-55 contained the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations, the Commerce Justice Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, and the Transportation Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. PL 112-74 contained the remaining nine appropriations acts.
In a letter to Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Sessions, CBO reported that enacting the Senate Amendment to H.R. 933 would result in $984 billion in new budget authority subject to the spending caps. For more information, see the March 12, 2013 letter from CBO.