FY 2013 Appropriations: July 4th Recess Update
In May, FFIS released Budget Brief 12-05, detailing provisions in the fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations bills that had been approved by House and Senate appropriations committees. At that time, the House Appropriations Committee had approved its Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill and its Energy-Water spending bill. The Senate Committee on Appropriations had approved its FY 2013 Agriculture, CJS, and Energy-Water bills. The House committee has now approved all bills, except Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS)-Education, typically one of the most controversial. In addition, the full House has taken action on six of those bills. The full Senate has yet to take up any appropriations bills, but nine have passed at the committee level. This Budget Brief describes the provisions of these additional bills, focusing on proposals that would affect state budgets. Table 1 provides recommended funding levels for the discretionary and mandatory programs of most importance to states based on the latest House and Senate actions.