H.R. 1363: Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

H.R. 1363

Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

Sponsor
Rep. Hal Rogers

Date
April 7, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Thursday, April 07, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1363, the Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, under a rule.  The rule provides for one hour of debate, equally divided between the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee.  H.R. 1363 was introduced by Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY) on April 4, 2011, and was referred to the House Committee on Appropriations, which took no official action.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1363 would provide $515.76 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) through October 1, 2011, the remainder of FY 2011.  According to Congressional Budget Office analysis of H.R. 1363 as posted on the Rules Committee website on April 4, 2011, the bill would increase DoD funding by $7 billion or 1.4 percent over current levels.  The level of discretionary funding for the DoD is the same amount provided by H.R. 1.  In addition, the bill would provide appropriations for all discretionary government operations for one week, through April 15, 2011. 

Under the legislation, discretionary funding for non-Defense programs would be reduced by $13.1 billion (see the cost analysis section at the bottom of this document for further information).  The net effect of the bill—including the increase for DoD and the reductions for other discretionary spending—would be to reduce spending by $6.1 billion from current spending levels.  The bill would provide a total of $1.071 trillion in discretionary budget authority for FY 2011.  Presently, government operations are being temporarily funded at $1.077 trillion annually under H.J. Res. 48, a three week Continuing Resolution which the House passed on March 15, 2011, and will expire on April 8, 2011.

In addition to providing DoD funding for the remainder of FY 2011 and additional appropriated funding for one week, the bill includes a number of policy provisions.  Specifically, the bill would prevent Guantanamo Bay detainees from being transferred into the U.S. for any purpose and prevent both federal and local funds from being used to provide abortions in the District of Columbia.

 

H.R. 1363 Discretionary Budget Authority Compared to Current Levels and Other CRs

(in millions of dollars)

Funding Under FY 2010 CR (Expired March 4)

Current Three-Week CR                              (H.J.Res. 48)

H.R. 1 Passed by the House

H.R. 1363

CR Savings from Current Spending Levels

1,087,465

1,077,447

1,025,976

1,071,341

6,106

Source:  Congressional Budget Office

 

Discretionary Budget Authority

Excluding funding increases for the full year DoD appropriation, H.R. 1363 would reduce spending levels for discretionary government programs by $13.1 billion or 2.3 percent from current levels.  When combined with the previous two short-term CRs, (H.J. Res. 44 and H.J. Res. 48) total funding for discretionary appropriations would be cut by a total of $16.1 billion below the level appropriated by the December 2010 CR which expired on March 4, 2011.  Excluding spending increases for DoD, total discretionary spending would be reduced by $23.1 billion below the December 2010 CR.

 

H.R. 1363  Compared to Current Funding

 

Current Funding Levels Under H.J. Res. 48

Funding Level Under One Week CR

Funding Changes Under One Week CR (- = Spending Increase)

Percent Change (- = Spending Increase)

Agriculture

22,773

21,482

1,291

5.67%

CJS

54,150

53,720

430

0.79%

Energy and Water

32,878

32,248

630

1.92%

Financial Services

22,181

21,591

590

2.66%

Homeland Security

42,185

40,784

1,401

3.32%

Interior

31,565

30,292

1,273

4.03%

Labor/HHS/Education

166,904

164,306

2,598

1.56%

Leg Branch

4,652

4,652

0

0.00%

Mil-Con/VA

75,649

74,669

980

1.30%

State/Foreign Ops

50,757

49,923

834

1.64%

THUD

65,061

61,910

3,151

4.84%

Total Excluding DoD

568,755

555,577

13,178

2.32%

Including Defense

508,692

515,764

7,072

-1.39%

Total With DoD

1,077,447

1,071,341

6,106

0.57%

1,087,465

1,077,447

1,025,976

1,071,341

6,106

Source:  Congressional Budget Office

 

Defense

According to the House Appropriations Committee, H.R. 1363 would provide $515.8 billion in base funding for the Department of Defense.  The bill would also provide a total of $157.8 billion for overseas contingency operations to fund our missions abroad.   Also included is $126.4 billion for military personnel, providing for 1,432,400 active duty and 846,200 reserve troops.  The bill would provide a total of $165.6 billion for operations and maintenance, $102.1 billion for procurement, $75.0 billion for research and development, and $31.4 billion for Defense health programs.

This legislation would also eliminate all Defense earmark account funding, a cut of $4.2 billion from last year’s level.

 

Non-Defense Program and Account Reductions

According to information supplied by the House Appropriations Committee, H.R. 1363 would include the following program reductions:

Agriculture:  H.R. 1363 includes approximately $1.4 billion in cuts to Agriculture programs compared to last year’s level. Some of these cuts include approximately $43 million in Department of Agriculture administrative costs including rent, facilities, and operations, $137 million from rural development and conservation accounts, $350 million from a dairy industry program that was intended to be one-time funds, and $39 million in unused broadband loan program funding. 

Commerce/Science/Justice:  The CR cuts $430 million for accounts within the Commerce/Science/Justice section. Some of the cuts include $149 million from federal law enforcement construction accounts, $22 million from the Census Bureau, $139 million from NASA construction projects and to continue the phase out of the Space Shuttle program, and $20 million from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) construction grants.

Energy and Water:  The Energy and Water section of the CR cuts a total of $632 million.  The legislation includes cuts that were included in both the House and Senate budget proposals, and/or the White House budget requests totaling $287 from nine programs – including $192 million from the Department of Energy’s environmental cleanup programs. In addition, $344 million is rescinded from unspent prior year balances or from programs which have been cancelled. 

Military Construction/Veterans Affairs:  The CR includes rescissions totaling $629.5 million from military construction accounts.  These rescissions are the result of construction costs decreasing from original estimates due to a competitive bidding environment. In addition, funding for information technology programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs is reduced by $160 million to reflect cancellation of the FLITE project, $147 million is cut to reflect reduced personnel costs in fiscal year 2010, and $43 million is cut from VA construction programs to match the fiscal year 2011 budget request.

Financial Services:  The CR cuts a total of $590 million from Financial Services programs. Approximately $417 million is cut from various Treasury Department programs including $400 million from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund (saves $310 million compared to FY 10). In addition, $53 million is cut from accounts within the Executive Office of the President, $17 million is cut from Federal Judiciary accounts, $42 million is cut from programs within the District of Columbia, and a total of approximately $61 million is cut from various other accounts. 

Homeland Security:  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs are reduced by $1.4 billion. Funding is reduced from DHS programs the President proposed to cut in FY 2011, and from programs that are behind schedule, failing to execute their budgets, and that are not measuring their effectiveness.  Specific reductions include $495 million from FEMA's first responder grants, $112 million from IT programs, and multiple reductions to administrative expenses. Security operations are funded at current levels and DHS is allowed flexibility to transfer funds as necessary to meet emergency needs, and critical operational requirements, to avoid furloughs or reductions in force, or to provide funding for critical programs and activities required by law.   

Interior:  Funding cuts in the Interior portion of the CR total $1.27 billion, and reflect several Administration proposed cuts contained in the President’s budget requests, as well as cuts to project-based grant, construction, and land acquisition accounts which can absorb funding reductions due to the fact that new projects have not been started for fiscal year 2011. Some of the reductions in the Interior section include $150 million in unobligated FY 2010 Wildland Fire Suppression funding, $71.5 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, $80 million from the Fish and Wildlife Service, and $700 million from the Clean Water and Drinking Water Revolving Funds.

Labor/Health and Human Services:  The CR cuts $2.5 billion from Labor, Health and Human Services programs, many of which were also included in the President’s budget requests, in the Senate’s CR proposal, or in the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) CR proposal. These cuts include $156 million from Centers for Disease Control Immunization and Respiratory Disease funding, $185 million in hospital preparedness grants, $119 million in “Teaching American History” program funding, $390 million from the LIHEAP contingency fund, and $300 million in excess information technology funding at the Social Security Administration.

State/Foreign Operations:  The State and Foreign Operations portion of the CR includes a total of $832 million in spending reductions. Some of these cuts include $212 million from international financial institutions, $466 million from various foreign assistance accounts (including Development Assistance and the Economic Support Fund), and $237 million from United Nations and peacekeeping activities that the US can offset through existing credits at the UN and by scaling back voluntary payments. In addition, the CR funds the full $3 billion foreign military financing commitment for the US-Israel Memorandum of Understanding for fiscal year 2011.

Transportation/ Housing and Urban Development:  The CR cuts Transportation and HUD programs by nearly $2 billion. Of this, $1.5 billion is cut from High Speed Rail Corridors and Intercity Passenger Rail Service Capital Assistance through the elimination of excessive grant funds. In addition, Capital Investment Grants are cut by $280 million, the Public Housing Operating fund is cut by $149 million, and the University Community Fund is eliminated, saving $25 million.

The following is a summary of account reductions by subcommittee as scored by the Congressional Budget Office based on H.R. 1363 as posted on the Rules Committee website on April 4, 2011.  The accounts that would be adjusted by H.R. 1363 are listed.

Agriculture

Current Funding

H.R. 1363

Savings

Departmental Management

                           446

                         404

                       42

National Agricultural Statistics Service

                           162

                         152

                       10

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

                       1,217

                     1,182

                       35

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

                           886

                         838

                       48

Farm Service Agency

                       2,088

                     1,714

                    374

Natural Resources Conservation Service

                           368

                         327

                       41

Rural Development

                           202

                         187

                       15

Rural Utilities Service

                           598

                         541

                       57

Rural Housing Service

                       1,728

                     1,705

                       23

Rural Business Cooperative Service

                           142

                           84

                       58

Foreign Agricultural Service

                       2,083

                     1,838

                    245

Food and Nutrition Service

                       7,699

                     7,356

                    343

Total - Agriculture Accounts Subject to Reductions

                     17,619

                   16,328

                 1,291

 

 

 

 

Commerce, Justice, Science

Current Funding

H.R. 1363

Savings

Bureau of the Census (rescission)

-517

-539

22

National Institute of Standards and Technology

804

784

20

DOJ General Administration

2,304

2,224

80

Legal Activities and U.S. Marshals

3,627

3,617

10

Federal Bureau of Investigation

7,736

7,603

133

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

1,119

1,113

6

Office of Justice Programs (rescission)

-1,848

-1,868

20

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

18,661

18,522

139

Total - Energy and Water  (Accounts Subject to Reductions)

31,886

31,456

430

 

 

 

 

Energy and Water Development

Current Funding

H.R. 1363

Savings

National Nuclear Security Administration

10,495

10,482

13

Environmental Defense Activities

6,151

6,002

149

Energy Programs

9,683

9,385

298

Departmental Administration

221

209

12

Corps of Engineers

4,930

4,788

142

Denali Commission

12

-4

16

Total - Commerce, Justice, Science (Accounts Subject to Reductions)

31,492

30,862

630

 

 

 

 

Financial Services and General Government

Current Funding

H.R. 1363

Savings

Supreme Court of the United States

87

80

7

Courts of Appeals, District Courts

6,179

6,169

10

National Institute of Standards and Technology

4

3

1

Department of Treasury Departmental Offices

687

291

396

Financial Management Service

244

233

11

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

103

100

3

Bureau of the Public Debt

186

179

7

GSA Real Property Activities

-1,280

-1,296

16

GSA General Activities

266

247

19

Office of Personnel Management

243

239

4

Executive Office of the President for Unanticipated Needs

39

1

38

Federal Drug Control Programs

396

381

15

District of Columbia Courts

316

300

16

District of Columbia General Payments

184

158

26

National Archives and Records Administration

442

421

21

Total - Financial Services (Accounts Subject to Reductions)

8096

7506

590

 

 

 

 

Homeland Security

Current Funding

H.R. 1363

Savings

Departmental Offices

0

-23

23

Departmental Management and Operations

1,135

1,108

27

Citizenship and Immigration Services

224

216

8

United States Secret Service

1,483

1,482

1

Transportation Security Administration

5,257

5,225

32

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

282

273

9

Security, Enforcement, and Investigations

0

-11

11

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

5,437

5,408

29

Customs and Border Protection

9,975

9,522

453

United States Coast Guard

8,516

8,498

18

National Protection and Programs Directorate

1,425

1,347

78

Federal Emergency Management Agency

6,987

6,430

557

Science and Technology

958

819

139

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office

376

360

16

Total - Homeland Security (Accounts Subject to Reductions)

42055

40654

1401

 

 

 

 

Interior and the Environment

Current Funding

H.R. 1363

Savings

Forest Service

5,052

4,896

156

Bureau of Land Management

1,093

1,055

38

United States Geological Survey

1,094

1,076

18

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

1,603

1,522

81

National Park Service

2,619

2,620

-1

Bureau of Indian Affairs

2,617

2,613

4

Interior Departmental Offices

77

75

2

Interior Insular Affairs

72

54

18

Interior Department-Wide Programs

958

933

25

Environmental Protection Agency

10,061

9,150

911

Commission of Fine Arts

12

2

10

Smithsonian Institution

980

969

11

Total - Interior and the Environment (Accounts Subject to Reductions)

26,238

24,965

1,273

 

 

 

 

Labor-HHS-Education

Current Funding

H.R. 1363

Savings

Health Resources and Services Administration

7,010

6,993

17

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

6,369

6,044

325

Administration for Children and Families

17,314

16,900

414

HHS Departmental Management

1,303

368

935

Employment and Training Administration

10,703

10,684

19

Labor Departmental Management

479

475

4

Social Security Administration

9,057

8,757

300

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

22,224

21,895

329

Office of Innovation and Improvement

1,160

1,019

141

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools

361

341

20

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

13,198

13,173

25

Office of Vocational and Adult Education

1,928

1,898

30

Office of Postsecondary Education

2,383

2,351

32

Railroad Retirement Board

179

172

7

Total - Labor-HHS-Education (Accounts Subject to Reductions)

93,668

91,070

2,598

 

 

 

 

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

Current Funding

H.R. 1363

Savings

Military Construction

15,921

15,291

630

Departmental Administration

8,255

7,905

350

Total - Mil Con / VA (Accounts Subject to Reductions)

24,176

23,196

980

 

 

 

 

State and Foreign Operations

Current Funding

H.R. 1363

Savings

Administration of Foreign Affairs

11,398

11,284

114

International Organizations and Conferences

3,808

3,640

168

Other

11,446

11,439

7

Millennium Challenge Corporation

1,105

900

205

International Security Assistance

13,381

13,512

-131

Multilateral Assistance

2,524

2,268

256

Agency for International Development

5,822

5,763

59

Export-Import Bank of the United States

3

-147

150

United States Institute of Peace

49

43

6

Total - State and Foreign Operations (Accounts Subject to Reductions)

49,536

48,702

834

 

 

 

 

Transportation and HUD

Current Funding

H.R. 1363

Savings

Office of the Secretary

890

884

6

Federal Aviation Administration

12,477

12,465

12

Federal Railroad Administration

4,304

2,801

1503

Federal Transit Administration

2,388

2,106

282

Public and Indian Housing Programs

34,932

34,783

149

Community Planning and Development

8,368

8,343

25

Housing Programs

-728

-1,902

1174

Total - State and Foreign Operations (Accounts Subject to Reductions)

62631

59480

3151

 

Background

On February 19, 2011, the House approved H.R. 1, a bill to provide discretionary funding for government functions for the duration of FY 2011, by a vote of 235 - 189.  As passed, H.R. 1 would have saved $61.5 billion from FY 2010 spending levels as provided under a continuing resolution (CR) which expired on March 4, 2011.  Since the passage of H.R. 1, two additional short-term CRs were approved by Congress and signed into law in order to provide temporary funding for discretionary government operations.  The first short-term bill was a two-week CR, H.J.Res. 44, which cut $4 billion from FY 2010 spending levels and eliminated funding for eight government programs.  The second short-term CR, H.J.Res. 48, provided three weeks of discretionary funding and cut an additional $6 billion from FY 2010 levels while eliminating or reducing funding for 25 government programs.  Funding under H.J. Res. 48 is set to expire on April 8, 2011.

Cost

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the bill would provide $1.071 trillion in annual discretionary budget authority and reduce current spending levels by $6.1 billion.  The bill would increase DoD funding by $7 billion or 1.4 percent over current levels.  Under the legislation, discretionary funding for non-Defense programs would be cut by $13.1 billion. 

Note: In February, the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) announced an administrative premium increase of 25 basis points for single-family mortgages insured on or after April 28, 2011.  CBO has estimated that this will result in an additional $1.174 billion in receipts for the FHA Mutual Mortgage Insurance program in FY 2011; the updated receipt estimate has been incorporated into the budget authority and outlay estimates in CBO’s score for H.R. 1363.  Excluding this scoring adjustment, the provisions of H.R. 1363 would reduce spending for non-defense appropriations by $12 billion.