Floor consideration of a possible final version of the fiscal 2009 budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 70) could take place next week, as Congress works to accomplish legislative goals before leaving town for a week-long Memorial Day Recess beginning on Monday, May 26.
Final passage of a budget resolution would include the establishment of official funding ("302b") allocations for the fiscal 2009 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill, which funds multiple TBI-related programs, including programs authorized through the TBI Act.
Last week, BIAA signed on to a coalition letter urging Appropriations Committee Chairs in both chambers to allocate an additional $15 billion over last year's funding levels for the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittees.
The letter states that this additional funding is necessary, as it would "(1) restore cuts to core program funding over the last four years, (2) more appropriately account for four years of inflation and population growth to maintain service levels and purchasing power; and (3) return these programs to the FY 2005 level, a high water mark for many."
Once 302b Subcommittee allocations have been determined, the fiscal 2009 appropriations process can officially go forward with bill markups and other official action.
Again, in anticipation of this, please watch for a BIAA Legislative Action Alert on fiscal 2009 TBI Appropriations to be sent out early next week.