H.R. 1473: Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

H.R. 1473

Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

Sponsor
Rep. Hal Rogers

Date
April 14, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Jared Powell

Floor Situation

On Thursday, April 14, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1473, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, under a rule.  H.R. 1473 was introduced by Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY) on April 11, 2011, and was referred to the House Committee on Appropriations, as well as the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Ways and Means.  No committee took official action on the legislation.

The rule for consideration of H.R. 1473 (H.Res. 218), which was approved by the House on April 13, 2011, by a vote of 241 – 179, would provide for one hour of debate on the bill, equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations.  Upon passage of the bill, the rule would provide for consideration of two enrollment correction resolutions.  The first, H.Con.Res. 35, would prohibit any funds in this or any previous legislation from being used to carry out the provisions of the Democrats’ health care takeover.  The second, H.Con.Res. 36, would prohibit any funds in this legislation from being made available to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  If either enrollment correction is adopted by the House, it would be considered as an amendment to the bill by the Senate when they take up the legislation.  If the enrollment corrections are not adopted by the Senate, they would not be attached to the final bill.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1473 would provide appropriated funding for government operations funded by all 12 annual appropriations bills through the remainder of FY 2011.  Under the legislation, funding for non-Department of Defense programs would be reduced by $44.8 billion or 7.7 percent from FY 2010 levels.  Funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) would be increased by $4.9 billion or 1 percent above FY 2010 levels.  The net effect of the bill—including the increase for DoD and the reductions for other spending—would be to reduce spending by $39.88 billion from FY 2010 levels.  Compared to the President’s request, the bill would reduce net spending by $78.5 billion.  The bill would provide a total of $1.049 trillion in budget authority for FY 2011, a reduction of 3.7 percent below FY 2010 budget authority.  The bill would limit budget authority for non-DoD appropriations $536.7 billion, a reduction of $44.8 billion or 7.7 percent below FY 2010.

The bill would provide a net spending reduction of $39.8 billion from FY 2010 spending levels, including $4.9 billion in increased funding for the Department of Defense.  Under FY 2010 spending, total budget authority was $1.089 trillion.  Presently, government operations are being temporarily funded under H.R. 1473, the one-week CR which the House passed on April 9, 2011, which expires on April 15, 2011.  Present government spending levels include $12 billion in cuts approved in the three most recent CRs (H.J. Res. 44, H.J. Res 48, and H.R. 1473).  H.R. 1473 would provide a total of $1.049 trillion in discretionary budget authority for FY 2011, according to CBO.

Spending reductions in the bill, combined with spending for the previous three CRs, represent the largest one-year cut in non-defense spending in history and the largest reduction in one-year spending since World War II.

 

Budget Authority by Subcommittee

H.R. 1473 vs. FY 2010 Budget Authority by Subcommittee



Sub-Committee

FY 2010 Level

H.R.  1473

H.R.  1473 vs. FY 2010 Levels

Percentage Change



Agriculture

23,304

19,922

-3,382

-14.5%


Commerce, Justice, Science

64,315

53,327

-10,988

-17.1%


Energy and Water

33,465

31,682

-1,783

-5.3%


Financial Services

24,186

21,950

-2,236

-9.2%


Homeland Security

42,534

41,661

-873

-2.1%


Interior and Related Agencies

32,240

29,559

-2,681

-8.3%


Labor, HHS, Education

163,585

157,436

-6,149

-3.8%


Legislative Branch

4,656

4,541

-115

-2.5%


Military Construction

76,600

73,150

-3,450

-4.5%


State, Foreign Operations

48,764

48,162

-602

-1.2%


Transportation, HUD

67,900

55,367

-12,533

-18.5%


Total Excluding DoD

581,549

536,757

-44,792

-7.7%


Defense

508,122

513,025

4,903

1.0%


Total Including DoD

1,089,671

1,049,782

-39,889

-3.7%


Source:  Congressional Budget Office


Summaries of Funding Levels by Subcommittee

Defense:  According to CBO, H.R. 1473 would provide $513 billion for the Defense Subcommittee, an increase of $4.9 billion or 1 percent from FY 2010 levels.  According to the Committee on Appropriations, H.R. 1473 would include an additional $157.8 billion for overseas contingency operations (emergency funding) to advance our missions abroad.  H.R. 1473 would include $126.7 billion for military personnel, providing for 1,432,400 active duty and 846,200 reserve troops.  In addition, the bill would provide a total of $165.6 billion for operations and maintenance, $102.1 billion for procurement, $75 billion for research and development, and $31.4 billion for Defense health programs. H.R. 1473 would eliminate all Defense earmark account funding, a cut of $4.2 billion from last year’s level.

H.R. 1473 would also include language preventing Guantanamo Bay detainees from being transferred into the United States for any purpose, prevents the construction or modification of detention facilities within the U.S. for the housing of detainees, and requires the Secretary of Defense to provide a certification to Congress that a transfer of any detainee to any foreign country or entity will not jeopardize the safety of the U.S. or its citizens.

Agriculture:  According to CBO, H.R. 1473 would provide $19.92 billion for the Agriculture Subcommittee, a reduction of $3.38 billion or 14.5 percent from FY 2010 levels.  According to the Committee on Appropriations, the bill would provide $1 billion for Food Safety and Inspection, which is $10 million below the fiscal year 2010 level, while allowing for the meat, poultry, and egg products inspection activities of the agency to continue uninterrupted.  The bill would also reduce Agricultural Credit Programs by $433 million, Agricultural Research Service by $64 million, and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture by $125.9 million below the fiscal year 2010 levels.  H.R. 1473 would also include $6.75 billion for the Special Supplemental Feeding Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which allows the program to support more than 9 million income-eligible mothers, infants, and children up to 5 years of age.

Commerce/Science/Justice:  According to CBO, H.R. 1473 would provide $53.3 billion for the Commerce, Science and Justice Subcommittee, a reduction of $10.9 billion or 17 percent from FY 2010 levels.  According to the Committee on Appropriations, H.R. 1473 would provide funding above fiscal year 2010 levels for National Institute of Standards and Technology research and manufacturing programs, as well as critical FBI, national security, and prisons/detention requirements.  Justice Department appropriations would be reduced by $946 million below fiscal year 2010, with significant reductions to grant and construction programs, and Commerce Department appropriations would be cut by $6.5 billion below fiscal year 2010.  The bill would also include $18.5 billion for NASA and fully funds the newly authorized exploration program.

In addition, the bill would also prohibit funding for: the establishment of a Climate Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the approval of new fisheries catch-share programs in certain fisheries; and NASA and the Office of Science and Technology Policy from engaging in bilateral activities with China.

Energy and Water:  According to CBO, H.R. 1473 would provide $31.68 billion for the Energy and Water Subcommittee, a reduction of $1.7 billion or 5.3 percent from FY 2010 levels.  According to the Committee on Appropriations, the bill funds the Army Corps of Engineers at the President’s requested level of $4.9 billion, supports existing applications for renewable energy loan guarantees at the Department of Energy, and provides a $697 million increase for the National Nuclear Security Administration to ensure adequate funding for critical components of our national defense

Financial Services:  According to CBO, H.R. 1473 would provide $21.9 billion for the Financial Services Subcommittee, a reduction of $2.2 billion or 9 percent from FY 2010 levels.  According to the Committee on Appropriations, H.R. 1473 would reduce most Treasury and Executive Office of the President accounts and would reduce funding for construction of new federal buildings by more than $800 million.  The bill would also provide a $13 million increase over last year for the Special Inspector General of Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) to provide strong oversight of the billions of dollars remaining in TARP assets and continues current funding for drug task forces and programs to assist small businesses.

In addition, H.R. 1473 would restore a long-standing provision against the use of federal and local funds for abortions in the District of Columbia. The bill would also include the reauthorization of the DC Opportunity Scholarships, along with a $2.3 million funding increase, to stop the termination of the program and allow new students to participate. The legislation would eliminate four Administration “Czars,” including the “Health Care Czar,” the “Climate Change Czar,” the “Car Czar,” and the “Urban Affairs Czar.”

Homeland Security:  According to CBO, H.R. 1473 would provide $41.6 billion for the Homeland Security Subcommittee, a reduction of $873 million or 2.1 percent from FY 2010 levels.  According to the Committee on Appropriations, the bill would fund all critical frontline operations for DHS—including Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Agency, the Coast Guard, and the Secret Service are to meet mission requirements and sustain staffing levels.  This would include funding for 21,370 Border Patrol agents, 33,400 ICE detention beds, and military pay and allowances for the U.S. Coast Guard.  The bill would reduce CBP’s Border Security Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology (BSFIT) account to the President’s request, reduces FEMA first responder grants by $786 million, eliminates $264 million in funding that was previously targeted to earmarks, and rescinds $557 million in unobligated and lapsed balances from prior year funds.  The bill would also cap the amount of TSA screener personnel at 46,000.  The bill would also include $1.05 billion in additional discretionary funding (for a total of $2.65 billion, including current funds) for the costs of existing and expected disasters for fiscal year 2011.

Interior:  According to CBO, H.R. 1473 would provide $29.5 billion for the Interior Subcommittee, a reduction of $2.7 billion or 8.3 percent from FY 2010 levels.  According to the Committee on Appropriations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be reduced by $1.6 billion, a 16 percent decrease from last year’s level.  The cuts to the EPA alone would represent 61 percent of the bill’s reduction compared to last year’s level.  Funding levels for Land and Water Conservation Fund (land acquisition) programs would be reduced by $149 million, a 33 percent decrease, climate change funding bill-wide would be cut by $49 million, 13 percent decrease, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would be reduced by a combined $25 million from last year’s levels.

Funding levels for operational accounts bill-wide would be largely sustained to prevent layoffs and the closure of national parks and forests, wildlife refuges, Smithsonian museums and other sites.  In addition, the legislation would include language reinstating the Fish and Wildlife Service’s original determination to de-list wolves in states with approved management plans in place.  It would return management of wolf populations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Utah to the states. The bill also includes a limitation on the use of funds to implement the Bureau of Land Management’s “Wild Lands” policy.

Labor/Health and Human Services:  According to CBO, H.R. 1473 would provide $157.4 billion for the Labor and Health and Human Services Subcommittee, a reduction of $6.1 billion or 3.8 percent from FY 2010 levels.  According to the Committee on Appropriations, the bill would preserve funding for large education programs that fund elementary and secondary schools as well as special education and provides a modest increase for Head Start to ensure that all children currently enrolled will continue to receive services, while making prudent reductions in lower priority areas.  In addition, the bill would continue the Pell Grant Program at the current maximum award level of $4,860.

H.R. 1473 would terminate funding for more than 55 programs, for a total savings of well over $1 billion. In addition, the bill cuts two programs funded in ObamaCare (the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) and terminates the Free Choice Voucher programs).  The bill would make reforms to the Pell Grant Program that are estimated to save more than $35 billion over the next 10 years by eliminating the ability of students to draw down two Pell Grant awards at the same time.  Finally, H.R. 1473 would return Title X funding to fiscal year 2008 levels.

Legislative Branch: According to CBO, H.R. 1473 would provide $4.5 billion for the Legislative Branch Subcommittee, a reduction of $115 million or 2.5 percent from FY 2010 levels. According to the Committee on Appropriations, of this amount, funding for the U.S. House is reduced by $55 million from last year and reflects a 5 percent cut in Member, Committee, and Leadership office expenses except for the Appropriations Committee, which offered a larger cut of 9 percent.

Military Construction/Veterans Affairs:  According the CBO, H.R. 1473 would provide $73.1 billion for the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, a reduction of $3.4 billion or 4.5 percent from FY 2010 levels.  According to the Committee on Appropriations, within this funding, the bill would provide critical and necessary resources for veterans’ health and benefits, including an increase of $13.8 billion for the Department of Veterans affairs over last year’s level.  Military Construction accounts would be reduced by approximately $10 billion below last year’s level.

State/Foreign Operations:  According to CBO, H.R. 1473 would provide $48.16 billion for the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, a reduction of $602 billion or 1.2 percent from FY 2010 levels.  According to the Committee on Appropriations, H.R. 1473 would include a prohibition on pay raises for foreign services officers, a $377 million cut to U.S. contributions to the United Nations and international organizations, and a $130 million cut to international banks and financial institutions. In addition, the bill would reduce family planning activities by $73 million—and would include a reduction in the UN Population Fund to fiscal year 2008 levels. The bill also maintains pro-life policy provisions carried in fiscal year 2010.

Transportation/Housing and Urban Development:  According to CBO, H.R. 1473 would provide $55.4 billion for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee, a reduction of $12.5 billion or 18.5 percent from FY 2010 levels.  According to the Committee on Appropriations, the bill would eliminate new funding for High Speed Rail and rescinds $400 million in previous year funds, for a total reduction of $2.9 billion from fiscal year 2010 levels.  The bill would reduce funding for transit by a total of $991 million and includes a total of $528 million in new funding for the “TIGER” grant program. While the majority of programs funded by the Highway Trust Fund remain at fiscal year 2010 levels, the bill would contain a total contract authority rescissions of $3.2 billion, of which $630 million is comprised of old earmarks.

For the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Community Development Fund program would be reduced by $942 million, for a fiscal year 2011 funding level of $3.5 billion. The Section 8 program would be funded at a level of $18.4 billion with $16.7 billion for voucher renewals, $1.45 billion for administrative fees, $35 million for Section 811 mainstream voucher renewals, and $50 million for HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers.

Values Issues in H.R. 1473

D.C. Hyde amendment:  H.R. 1473 would reinstate the D.C. Hyde amendment (also known as the “Dornan amendment”) to ensure that no congressionally appropriated funds for the District of Columbia (federal or local) are used to pay for elective abortion.

United Nations Population Fund Reductions:  H.R. 1473 would reduce funds for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) by $15 million, from $55 million to $40 million, the FY 2008 level.

International Population Control Reductions:  H.R. 1473 would reduce funding for international population control and family planning by $73 million, from $648 million to 575 million

Title X Funding Reductions: H.R. 1473 would reduce funding for Title X domestic family planning by $17 million, from $317 million to $300 million, the FY 2008 level.

H.R. 1473 Spending Levels Compared to Other FY 2011 Funding Bills

Non-Defense Department Budget Authority Levels Under FY 2011 Proposals (in Millions of Dollars)

Budget Authority - H.R. 1473

Budget Authority - FY 2010

Budget Authority - President's Request

Budget Authority - Senate Democrat Alternative

H.R. 1473 vs. FY 2010

H.R. 1473 vs. Request

H.R. 1473 vs. Dem Senate Alternative

536,757

581,549

597,454

565,159

-44,792

-60,697

-28,402

Total Budget Authority Levels Under FY 2011 Proposals (in Millions of Dollars)

Budget Authority - H.R. 1473

Budget Authority - FY 2010

Budget Authority - President's Request

Budget Authority - Senate Democrat Alternative

H.R. 1473 vs. FY 2010

H.R. 1473 vs. Request

H.R. 1473 vs Dem Senate Alternative

1,049,782

1,089,671

1,128,345

1,078,798

-39,889

-78563

-29,016

Source:  Congressional Budget Office

 

Cost

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the bill would provide $1.049 trillion in annual discretionary budget authority.  The bill would reduce non-defense budget authority by $44.8 billion from FY 2010 and provide a net reduction in budget authority of $39.8 billion.