Budget Brief 9-09
December 17, 2009

As fiscal year (FY) 2010 moved into its third month, seven of the 12 annual appropriations bills remained unfinished, with the programs funded by them operating under a continuing resolution. Given its heavy workload, Congress has decided to roll six of these bills into a single omnibus bill (H.R. 3288, Consolidated Appropriations Act): Labor/Health and Human Services (HHS)/Education; Financial Services; Transportation/Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Commerce/Justice/Science; Military Quality of Life/Veteran’s Affairs (VA); and State/Foreign Operations. The president signed the legislation on December 16, 2009. The defense appropriations bill will move separately and likely include a short-term extension of unemployment benefits and COBRA as well as $400 million in administrative costs associated with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Budget Brief 09-08 outlined the relevant provisions of the five appropriations bills that were enacted previously; this Budget Brief describes the provisions of H.R. 3288. Table 1 provides the FY 2010 funding levels for selected major federal grant programs. FY 2010 appropriations for the listed programs increased 6% above FY 2009 levels, reflecting a 5% increase for discretionary programs and a 7% increase for mandatory programs.