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“Minibus” Conference Report Clears Congress

On November 17, the House approved, 298-121, the conference report for the first FY2012 minibus appropriations bill, which contains the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies (H.R. 2112); Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (H.R. 2596); and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (S. 1596) spending bills. The Senate approved the conference report on the same day, by a vote of 70-30. The president is expected to sign H.R. 2112 into law.

The House approved its version of H.R. 2112 in June (see The Source, 6/17/11). The House Appropriations Committee approved its version of H.R. 2596 in July (see The Source, 7/15/11), while the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies approved its spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered) in September (see The Source, 9/9/11). The Senate approved its version of H.R. 2112 on November 2 (see The Source, 11/4/11).

The measure extends the current continuing resolution (CR) for outstanding appropriations bills through December 16; the current CR (P.L. 112-36) expires on November 18.

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

The conference report provides $137 billion in overall spending for programs under this section of the bill. This amount includes $19.8 billion in discretionary funding, which is $387 million less than FY2011 and $2.5 billion less than President Obama’s FY2012 request. The total is $2.7 billion more than the House bill, but $276 million less than the Senate bill.

Program/Agency

FY2011

President’s Request

House Bill

Senate Bill

Conference Report

Department of Agriculture – Domestic Food Programs

Child Nutrition Programs $17.324 billion $18.811 billion $18.77 billion $18.151 billion $18.151 billion
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) $6.734 billion $7.39 billion $6.048 billion $6.582 billion $6.618 billion
Special Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) $70.613 billion $73.184 billion $71.173 billion $80.402 billion $80.402 billion
Commodity Assistance Program $246.126 million $249.619 million $192.5 million $242.336 million $242.336 million

Department of Agriculture – Foreign Assistance

P.L. 480 Title II Food for Peace $1.497 billion $1.69 billion $1.04 billion $1.562 billion $1.466 billion
McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition $199.101 million $200.5 million $180 million $188 million $184 million

Food and Drug Administration

FDA $2.447 billion $2.731 billion $2.163 billion $2.497 billion $2.497 billion
User fees $1.233 billion $1.557 billion $1.491 billion $1.394 billion $1.291 billion

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

The report provides $60.7 billion in funding for programs within the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill. This amount is $391 million below FY2011 and $4.3 billion below the amount requested by the administration. The total is $2.8 billion below the House bill, but $567 million more than the Senate bill.

Program/Agency

FY2011

President’s Request

House Bill

Senate Bill

Conference Report

Department of Commerce

Minority Business Development Agency $30.339 million $32.322 million $30.339 million $29.732 million $30.339 million

Department of Justice

Office on Violence Against Women $417.663 million $431.75 million $437.663 million $417.663 million $412.5 million
Grants to Combat Violence Against Women (STOP Grants) $210 million $182 million $210 million $194 million $189 million
Transitional Housing Assistance $18 million $25 million $18 million $25 million $25 million
Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women* $0 $3 million $3 million $3 million
Sexual Assault Victims Services $15 million $35 million $20 million $25 million $23 million
Rural Domestic Violence & Child Abuse Enforcement $41 million $38 million $41 million $34 million $34 million
Violence on College Campuses $9.5 million $9.5 million $9.5 million $9 million $9 million
Civil Legal Assistance $41 million $50 million $41 million $45 million $41 million
Elder Abuse Grant Program $4.25 million $4.25 million $4.25 million $4 million $4.25 million
Safe Havens Program $14 million $11.25 million $11.663 million $11.25 million $11.5 million
Education and Training for Disabled Female Victims $6.75 million $5.75 million $5.75 million $5 million $5.75 million
Court Training and Improvement Program $3 million $5 million $5 million $4 million $4.5 million
Research on Violence Against Indian Women $1 million $0 $1 million $1 million $1 million
National Resource Center on Workplace Responses $1 million $0 $1 million $1 million $1 million
Indian Country Sexual Assault Clearinghouse $0 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000
Engaging Men & Youth in Prevention $3 million $0 $3 million $10 million* $10 million*
Services for Children/Youth Exposed to Violence $3 million $0 $3 million * *
Office of Justice Programs $1.698 billion $1.919 billion $1.309 billion $1.632 billion $1.616 billion
State and Local Law Enforcement $1.118 billion $1.174 billion $1.048 billion $1.063 billion $1.163 billion
Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants $519 million $519 million $357.265 million $395 million $470 million
Victims of Trafficking Grants $12.5 million $10 million $10.5 million $10.5 million $10.5 million
Prison Rape Prevention and Prosecution $15 million $15 million $12.5 million $12.5 million
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) $15 million $0 $6 million $2.5 million $4.5 million
DNA Initiative $133.363 million $110 million $133.63 million $131 million $125 million
Debbie Smith Backlog Grants $125.3 million $125.33 million $123 million $117 million
Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Grants $4.14 million $7.5 million $4.15 million $4 million $4 million
Juvenile Justice Programs $275.423 million $280 million $0 $251 million $262.5 million
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) $494.933 million $669.5 million $0 $231.5 million $198.5 million

Related Agencies

Legal Services Corporation $404.19 million $450 million $300 million $396.106 million $348 million
Commission on Civil Rights $9.381 million $9.429 million $8 million $9.193 million $9.193 million
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission $366.568 million $385.52 million $366.568 million $329.237 million $360 million
National Science Foundation $6.859 billion $7.767 billion $6.86 billion $6.698 billion $7.033 billion
Education and Human Resources $861.034 million $911.2 million $835 million $829 million $829 million

*As proposed by the Senate bill, the conference report combines the Engaging Men & Youth in Prevention, Grants to Assist Children and Youth Exposed to Violence, Supporting Teens Through Education, and Services to Advocate and Respond to Youth into the Consolidated Youth-Oriented Program.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

The conference report allocates $55.6 billion in discretionary funding for programs funded by the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. This amount is $183 million over FY2011, but $19.4 billion below the president’s request. The total also is $400 million more than the House bill and $300 million more than the Senate bill.

Program/Agency

FY2011

President’s Request

House Bill

Senate Bill

Conference Report

Department of Transportation

Minority Business Resource Centers $921,000 $922,000 $922,000 $921,000 $922,000
Minority Business Outreach $3.068 million $3.1 million $3.068 million $3.068 million $3.068 million

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS $334.33 million $335 million $334.33 million $330 million $332 million
Section 8 Tenant-Based Vouchers $18.363 billion $19.223 billion $18.468 billion $18.872 billion $18.914 billion
Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers $9.265 billion $9.429 billion $9.429 billion $9.419 billion $9.34 billion
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