February 11, 2016

FY2017 BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS

Armstrong Robinson, Chris Mitchell

President Obama delivered his FY2017 budget proposal to Congress on February 9, officially kicking off this year’s accelerated budget and appropriations cycle. With a bipartisan agreement already in place on topline spending levels, Congress arguably has its best hope in years for timely completion of the twelve annual spending bills, but an abbreviated legislative calendar and heightened partisanship this election year will continue to threaten this lofty goal.

Congressional leaders, on a bicameral and bipartisan basis, have expressed a desire to move each of the spending bills individually and under regular order, avoiding another high-stakes fight over a year-end omnibus. Both Budget Committee Chairman [Tom Price (R-GA) and Mike Enzi (R-WY)] have indicated their intent to produce and shepherd budgets this year.

As both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have published their member request deadlines, interested parties should be engaging directly with champions in Congress now to ensure that deadlines are not missed.

In addition, Budget Chairmen Price and Enzi are both interested in re-writing the 1974 Budget Act to reform the federal budget process-an agenda they intend to focus on after completing the FY2017 budget. Both chairmen are expected to release bills this spring. The House Budget Committee held two hearings on the subject in 2015 details of which can be found here and here.

 

Appropriations Deadlines

Note, these deadlines are for members’ submissions to the committee; most member offices will have internal deadlines for constituent submissions for the member’s consideration two weeks or more in advance.  http://appropriations.house.gov/legislation/memberinstructions.htm

March 1

HOUSE Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

 

March 15 

HOUSE Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

HOUSE Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies

SENATE Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies

 

March 17

HOUSE Defense

HOUSE Financial Service and General Government

HOUSE Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies

SENATE Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

SENATE Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

 

March 18

SENATE Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

SENATE Defense

SENATE Financial Service and General Government

SENATE Homeland Security

SENATE Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

SENATE Legislative Branch

SENATE State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies

SENATE Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies

 

March 22

HOUSE Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

HOUSE Legislative Branch

HOUSE State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies

 

March 23

HOUSE Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

HOUSE Homeland Security

 

March 24

SENATE Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies