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General Government Spending Bill Clears Subcommittee

On June 11, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved, by voice vote, the FY2016 Financial Services and General Government spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

According to the committee summary, the bill would provide $20.2 billion in discretionary funds for the White House, Department of Treasury, federal courts system, Small Business Administration (SBA), District of Columbia, and several related federal agencies. This amount is $1.3 billion below FY2015 and $4.8 billion below President Obama’s budget request.

The legislation would allocate $853 million for the SBA, which includes $117 million for small business development centers and $17 million for women’s business centers.

Within the amount provided for the District of Columbia, the bill would provide $5 million for the testing and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS.

The measure maintains prohibitions against D.C. using locally raised funds to provide abortions and would prohibit funds in the federal employee health benefits program from being used to cover abortions.

Additional details will be made available once the committee releases its report.

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