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Senate Passes “Minibus” Spending Bill

On November 1, the Senate approved, 69-30, H.R. 2112, a bill that combines FY2012 funding for the following spending bills: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies, which became the vehicle for the minibus bill; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (S. 1572); and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (S. 1596). The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of H.R. 2112 on September 7 (see The Source, 9/9/11); it approved S. 1572 on September 15 (see The Source, 9/16/11), and S. 1596 on September 21 (see The Source, 9/23/11).

The House approved H.R. 2112 in June (see The Source, 6/17/11). The House Appropriations Committee approved its versions of S. 1572 (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 version of S. 1596 (as-yet-unnumbered) in September (see The Source, 9/9/11).

The bill will next be considered by a House-Senate conference committee in order to resolve differences between the Senate and House spending levels. Since none of the twelve annual spending bills has been enacted, Congress currently is operating on a continuing resolution (P.L. 112-36), which will expire on November 18.

The “minibus” bill would provide a total of $128.019 billion in discretionary funding for the departments and agencies within the three spending bills. Specifically, this amount includes $19.918 billion in discretionary funds for programs within the Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies spending bill, $52.701 billion in discretionary funds for programs within the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill, and $55.4 billion in discretionary funds for programs in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill.

Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies

Program/Agency

FY2011

President’s Request

House Report

Senate Report

Department of Agriculture – Domestic Food Programs

Child Nutrition Programs $17.324 billion $18.811 billion $18.77 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
Special Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) $70.613 billion $73.184 billion $71.173 billion $80.402 billion
Commodity Assistance Program $246.126 million $249.619 million $192.5 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
McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition $199.101 million $200.5 million $180 million $188 million

Food and Drug Administration

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

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

Program/Agency

FY2011

President’s Request

House Report

Senate Report

Department of Commerce

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

Department of Justice

Office on Violence Against Women $417.663 million $431.75 million $437.663 million $417.663 million
Grants to Combat Violence Against Women (STOP Grants) $210 million $182 million $210 million $194 million
Transitional Housing Assistance $18 million $25 million $18 million $25 million
Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women* $0 $3 million $3 million
Sexual Assault Victims Services $15 million $35 million $20 million $25 million
Rural Domestic Violence & Child Abuse Enforcement $41 million $38 million $41 million $34 million
Violence on College Campuses $9.5 million $9.5 million $9.5 million $9 million
Civil Legal Assistance $41 million $50 million $41 million $45 million
Elder Abuse Grant Program $4.25 million $4.25 million $4.25 million $4 million
Safe Havens Program $14 million $11.25 million $11.663 million $11.25 million
Education and Training for Disabled Female Victims $6.75 million $5.75 million $5.75 million $5 million
Court Training and Improvement Program $3 million $5 million $5 million $4 million
Research on Violence Against Indian Women $1 million $0 $1 million $1 million
National Resource Center on Workplace Responses $1 million $0 $1 million $1 million
Indian Country Sexual Assault Clearinghouse $0 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000
Engaging Men & Youth in Prevention $3 million $0 $3 million $10 million** (see p. 68 of the report)
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
State and Local Law Enforcement $1.118 billion $1.174 billion $1.048 billion $1.063 billion
Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants $519 million $519 million $357.265 million $395 million
Victims of Trafficking Grants $12.5 million $10 million $10.5 million $10.5 million
Prison Rape Prevention and Prosecution $15 million $15 million $12.5 million
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) $15 million $0 $6 million $2.5 million
DNA Initiative $133.363 million $110 million $133.63 million $131 million
Debbie Smith Backlog Grants $125.3 million $125.33 million $123 million
Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Grants $4.14 million $7.5 million $4.15 million $4 million
Juvenile Justice Programs $275.423 million $280 million $0 $251 million
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) $494.933 million $669.5 million $0 $231.5 million

Related Agencies

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

*Research and Education on Violence Against Women previously received funding through STOP Grants. However, the president’s FY2012 budget for DOJ moved the program to its own line-item.

**The Senate measure 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

Program/Agency

FY2011

President’s Request

House Report

Senate Report

Department of Transportation

Minority Business Resource Centers $921,000 $922,000 $922,000 $921,000
Minority Business Outreach $3.068 million $3.1 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
Section 8 Tenant-Based Vouchers $18.363 billion $19.223 billion $18.468 billion $18.872 billion
Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers $9.265 billion $9.429 billion $9.429 billion $9.419 billion
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