The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) is scheduled to mark up its FY13 bill on April 17 at 3:30 in room 138 of the Dirksen Senate office building. The Senate Committee on Appropriations is expected to mark up the Subcommittee’s bill shortly after the Subcommittee mark up. The House THUD subcommittee is expected to mark up its bill later in the spring or early summer.
In addition, the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations likely will announce their FY13 302(b) subcommittee allocations the week of April 16. The Appropriations Committees were given a 302(a) figure from the Committees on the Budget in mid-March (see Memo, 3/16). The 302(a) is the top-line discretionary spending figure for the fiscal year. The Senate Committee on the Budget deemed a 302(a) figure in accordance with the FY13 spending cap enacted in the Budget Control Act in 2011. The House Committee on the Budget did not use the enacted spending level and set its 302(a) figure below the enacted level.
The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations then divide the 302(a) amount among the 12 House and Senate appropriations subcommittees. This division of funding is called the 302(b) allocation. Each subcommittee must then craft a spending bill limited to its 302(b) allocation.
The appropriations subcommittees that provide funding for HUD and USDA rural affordable housing programs are, respectively, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) and the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittees.
In March, 1,724 organizations signed a letter urging House and Senate appropriators to increase the THUD Subcommittee 302(b) allocation in FY13 (see Memo, 3/23). The Subcommittee allocation was cut deeply in FY12. Without an increase to the THUD 302(b) allocation, funding for HUD is not likely to increase and may indeed decrease further below FY12 funding levels.
During the week of April 16, the Senate Committee on the Budget is expected to proceed with a budget resolution despite Senate Budget Committee Chair Kent Conrad (D-ND) having already filed a deeming resolution that established the Senate’s FY13 top-line spending figure. House Republicans have criticized the Senate for not passing a budget resolution for two consecutive fiscal years, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said that the Senate will not pass a budget resolution in FY13 because the Budget Control Act of 2011 already establishes a top-line spending figure. Earlier in 2012, Senator Conrad stated his intention for the Committee to pass a budget resolution, despite the Senate Majority Leader’s statement. Two Republican Senators have filed budget resolutions and additional Senators are expected to file resolutions as well. Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Ron Paul (R-KY) filed concurrent resolutions on the last day of the Senate session in March.
Despite the Budget Committee’s continued work on a resolution, the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to proceed with its FY13 work. In addition to the Senate Appropriations Committee having received an FY13 top-line spending figure from the Senate Budget Committee in March, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are legally allowed to proceed with their appropriations work after April 15, regardless of whether or not Congress has passed a budget resolution.