Congress Passes Fiscal 2009 Budget Resolution
The House of Representatives passed the final fiscal 2009 budget resolution conference report (S. Con Res 70) on Thursday, by a narrow vote of 214-210. The Senate adopted the same resolution on June 4 by a vote of 48-45.
This marks the first year since 2000 that Congress has been able to successfully agree upon a final budget resolution. Congressional budget resolutions do not become law but rather serve as a blueprint, setting the parameters for spending and tax bills throughout the year.
Final passage of this year's budget resolution facilitates 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. Once 302b Subcommittee allocations have been determined, the fiscal 2009 appropriations process can officially go forward with committee markups and other official action.
BIAA recently 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.
According to CQ Today, "The Democrats' budget resolution calls for $24.5 billion more in discretionary spending than the $991.6 billion President Bush requested. Bush has threatened to veto bills that exceed his target, but Democrats may wait for him to leave office before completing work on these bills. The Appropriations committees will begin work this month, with the first House subcommittee markups next week" (David Clarke, CQ Today, 6/5/2008).
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT: BIAA issued a Legislative Action Alert on Fiscal Year 2009 TBI appropriations two weeks ago. Now that Congress has successfully passed a final budget resolution, BIAA continues to urge advocates to make contact with their representatives in Congress and urge them to increase appropriations for federal TBI programs this year.