Fiscal 2009 Appropriations Process Still Stalled

The Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations process continues to be stalled, as the House Appropriations Committee does not plan on marking up any more bills this summer after a partisan dispute erupted in recent weeks over amendments on energy policy. And while the Senate Appropriations Committee plans to have all 12 of its bills approved by the panel by the end of this month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said this week that action on appropriations in his chamber will be very limited in the next few months.There continues to be widespread speculation that this year's appropriations process will eventually become stagnant this fall, as Democrats may wait for the president to leave office before completing work on the funding bills in order to avert a promised veto.

CQ Today reported earlier this week, "Reid (D-Nev.) said his chamber will likely consider, at the most, two fiscal 2009 appropriations bills this year before passing a continuing resolution (CR) in September that would keep the government funded at current levels into early next calendar year, when a new president takes office. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1" (CQ Today, David Clarke, 7/10/08).

The full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education funding bill, which provides the same funding amounts for several TBI programs as last year. This includes $5.7 million for TBI programming within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and $8.754 million for the HRSA TBI State Grant Program.

The House Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education Appropriations funding bill has only been passed by the House Subcommittee and not the full House Appropriations Committee. The House Subcommittee markup contains increased funding for some federal TBI programs compared to last year. The bill includes $11 million for the HRSA TBI State Grant Program (+$2.246 million over last year) and $6.6 million for TBI programming within CDC (+$0.9 million over last year).


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