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  Welcome to the Nebraska Legislature Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It is not unusual for this bill to be considered early in the session well before other appropriations bills are on General File since some of these adjustments may be emergencies that apply to the current year and time left in the fiscal year is short.
The Appropriations Committee recommendations may be embodied in new bills or existing bills referred to the committee and reported to the floor of the Legislature with or without amendments.
This is invariably true of deficit bills since the changes affect the current fiscal year and if the bill passed with fewer votes it would render the appropriation meaningless since the effective date of the appropriation would occur after the end of the current fiscal year.
www.unicam.state.ne.us /learning/budget_process.htm   (2347 words)

 TheCapitol.Net > Glossary > A, B
By congressional custom, an appropriations bill originates in the House, and it is not supposed to be considered by the full House or Senate until a related measure authorizing the funding is enacted.
Bills are designated H.R. if they originate in the House of Representatives and S. if they originate in the Senate and by a number assigned in the order in which they are introduced during the two-year period of a congressional term.
Under the standing rules of the House and Senate, bills are referred by the Speaker in the House and by the presiding officer in the Senate.
www.thecapitol.net /glossary/ab.htm   (1976 words)

 Improvements to Appropriations Bills Needed to Protect Housing Vouchers in 2005, 11/8/04
The bill does not, however, specify when or how HUD should make funding adjustments, and — especially in the case of the rent adjustment — there is a serious risk that HUD would establish a system that would result in few or no adjustments and thereby shortfund agencies just as it did this year.
The cap in the Senate bill is especially likely to harm small housing agencies, where the percentage of vouchers in use tends to be more volatile than at large agencies and a utilization increase of only a handful of vouchers in use could push the agency over the two percent cap.
Finally, because the House bill does not require HUD to provide additional administrative funding to agencies with voucher utilization increases, the bill could discourage agencies from increasing the proportion of their allotted vouchers that are in use.
www.cbpp.org /11-8-04hous.htm   (4985 words)

 Computing Research News
The bills are part of a suite of 12 must-pass annual appropriations bills that fund the operations of government.
Though the final numbers have yet to be decided, both House and Senate appropriations committees included in their respective bills increases that are close to the President’s requested budget: an 8 percent increase for NSF in FY 2007, 18 percent increase for NIST, and a 14 percent increase for DOE’s Office of Science.
The one aspect of the annual appropriations process whose outcome is already known is the FY 2007 Defense Appropriations bill.
www.cra.org /CRN/articles/nov06/harsha.html   (1374 words)

 Recent Action by Congress Sets Up Larger Appropriations Cuts in Lame-Duck Session, 10/13/06
The amounts the Committee included in those bills, combined with the amounts that the Senate had provided for the defense and homeland security bills before the $5.3 billion was shifted to them, exactly equaled the overall amount that the President’s budget requested for the appropriations bills in fiscal year 2007.
The remaining bills fund a broad range of government services, including housing, education, veterans’ health care, environmental protection, and scientific research (as well as defense funding not provided in the defense appropriations bill for military construction, military quality of life, and defense nuclear activities).
Because final action on the nine remaining appropriation bills for fiscal year 2007 has been put off at least until the lame-duck session, it is impossible to know what levels of funding ultimately will be provided for these bills.
www.cbpp.org /10-13-06bud.htm   (2994 words)

 County News Online
Even negotiations on bills that have passed both chambers and are now in conference are stalled, not only due to funding differences, but also because of other measures, or riders, that have been attached to the bills.
The House bill includes a NACo-supported clean air measure to preclude EPA from designating counties in “non-attainment” status with a new ozone standard until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether the standard is actually enforceable.
What stalled the bill for a number of months was a provision in the Senate version that imposed sanctions on states that did not adopt the drunk driving standard of.08 blood alcohol content.
www.naco.org /cnews/2000/00-10-9/bills.htm   (1468 words)

 - Legislature and the budget   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
By custom, all the appropriation bills are introduced in both houses and are divided between the houses for consideration.
The legislative procedure for consideration of the appropriation bills is basically the same as for other bills except that appropriation measures receive priority on the legislative calendars.
Traditionally, when differences on any of the appropriation bills necessitate a conference committee, the conferees are usually members of their respective house's appropriations subcommittees.
www.michigan.gov /gov/0,1607,7-168-22325-2661--F,00.html   (701 words)

 Clinton Scandal Causes Uncertainty on Capitol Hill
The bill with the best chance of passage is the Freedom from Religious Persecution Act, which has already passed the House as H.R. This bill would place unilateral, mandatory sanctions on any country found to be practicing religious persecution, as defined in the bill.
Three bills affecting the Middle East have been passed by the House, and could easily and quickly be passed by the Senate and sent to the president for signature.
The appropriations bills most affecting the Middle East are the one for the Commerce, Justice, and State (CJS) Departments and the one for “foreign operations,” which includes funding for export financing programs, certain international organizations, and for foreign aid.
www.washington-report.org /backissues/1098/9810028.html   (2035 words)

 Congress Easily Passes Most Spending Bills
None of the appropriations bills have reached President Clinton's desk or even gone through the negotiating process between the House and the Senate.
And the eight spending bills that have passed in the House and the 10 that the Senate have completed put Congress on roughly the same pace it was on the previous two years of Republican control.
All 13 spending bills must be passed by Congress and signed into law by the president by Oct. 1, the start of the federal government's budget year.
partners.nytimes.com /library/politics/080397congress-spend.html   (1168 words)

 Appropriations Bills Cut FIRE Grants, USFA
The Senate passed its FY 2006 Homeland Security Appropriations bill in July, with an overall increase of $1.4 billion over the total enacted for 2005 to fund the department’s operations and activities, $30.8 billion.
The House passed its DHS appropriations bill in May, with a total of $30.85 billion.
A conference committee of members from the appropriations committees of both houses are reconciling the amounts proposed in the two bills and are expected to send their final conference report to the floor of both houses for approval in September, before the end of the fiscal year.
firechief.com /news/DHS-funding-shrink081905   (823 words)

WASHINGTON -- The House and Senate are both expected to vote this week on education appropriations bills, bringing to a head efforts to move federal funding closer to the federal special ed law's original promise of 40 percent of the states' cost of educating children with disabilities.
In passing the bills earlier this month, neither the Senate Appropriations Committee nor its House counterpart adhered to the combined House-Senate budget resolution passed earlier this year to increase Individuals with Disabilities Education Act state grants by $2 billion.
The appropriations bills could be altered when the full House and full Senate consider them this week, making a further Part B increase still possible.
www.specialednews.com /washwatch/washnews/fy2001approps052200.html   (701 words)

 Update on FY 2001 Science Appropriations
It is now up to Congress to develop their own version of the thirteen appropriation bills, which will eventually determine the final numbers for the FY 2001 allocations to the federal agencies and programs.
The FY 2001 Commerce bill was attached to the FY 2001 District of Columbia Appropriations bill.
According to the Senate Appropriations Committee press release on the report, once funding from other provisions in the bill are accounted for the grant total for NOAA activities comes to $3.1 billion.
www.agiweb.org /gap/legis106/appropsfy2001.html   (2237 words)

 President Bush Signs Defense Appropriations Bills
These bills, passed with bipartisan support, send a message: America is united; America is strong; and America will remain strong.
The bill today says America is determined and resolute to not only defend our freedom, but defend freedom around the world; that we're determined and resolute to answer the call to history, and that we will defeat terror.
The Military Construction Appropriations bill adds $10.5 billion for building and upgrading military installations and for military family housing.
www.whitehouse.gov /news/releases/2002/10/20021023-2.html   (1158 words)

 Appropriations bills in trouble (7/23/98)
Finally, in committee, the Appropriations Committee added a variety of legislative riders to the Labor-HHS bill, an effort that aides and members conceded may make the bill impossible to pass on the House floor in its current form.
By writing funding bills with only Republicans, GOP leaders are "increasing the likelihood that many of these bills will not see the light of day," Obey said, adding that the appropriations process will lead to a closed-door session in which Republicans, Democrats and the administration write several of the bills.
The House Appropriations Committee aide agreed, saying the administration thinks it can "game us by pushing the decisions to the end." He added that the administration has not yet joined the discussion and has been content to simply send veto threats.
www.govexec.com /dailyfed/0798/072398t1.htm   (757 words)

 Delays in spending bills hamper agency planning (11/6/03)
Before President Bush finally signed an omnibus appropriations package completing the fiscal 2003 bills in February, "we came pretty damn close" to layoffs at federal law enforcement agencies because of funding shortfalls, said John Scofield, a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee.
Absent congressional approval of the annual spending bills, federal departments have no "baseline" for building their budget request for the next year, said an agency budget officer who served in the Clinton administration.
Plus, since CRs are generally written to keep the government operating at the previous year's funding levels until the appropriations process is completed, a CR "may be better than agreeing to break the budget," the aide added.
www.govexec.com /dailyfed/1103/110603nj1.htm   (1412 words)

 County News - August 11, 1997
The Senate bill eliminates the operating assistance category, but the definition of capital assistance is changed to allow systems under 200,000 population to use all funds for either capital or operating costs.
Among the winners in the Senate and House bills are the adult training program, which would increase by $60 million from $895 million to $955 million in the Senate bill and by $205 million in the House bill to $1.1 billion.
Compared to the FY95 baseline, the Senate appropriations bill increases set-asides by 388 percent and the House by 349 percent.
www.naco.org /cnews/1997/97-08-11/appro.htm   (1090 words)

 FY 2003 Congressional Appropriations Bills and Reports
The bills and reports you download here are identical to what you can download from Thomas, except for two differences: excess margins have been trimmed, which results in larger and clearer text both on-screen and when printed, and bookmarks have been added to serve as a table of contents.
On March 25, 2003, the President submitted a supplemental appropriations request for needs resulting from the war in Iraq.
The Senate passed this bill, with amendments, as H.R. on April 3, 2003.
www.mbe.doe.gov /budget/billrept/fy03/index.htm   (618 words)

 Appropriations and Budget, NCI Legislative Update for National Cancer Advisory Board Congressional Activities for the ...
The House bill (H.R. 5006) was passed as amended by the House on September 9 by a vote of 388-13.
While the House approved the FY 2005 Concurrent Budget Resolution on May 19, 2004 and quickly moved on to pass 10 of the 13 appropriations bills before the summer recess, the Senate had yet to pass the resolution which made it difficult for them to bring appropriations bills to the floor for debate.
With this stopgap spending bill in place, appropriators began assembling an omnibus spending package comprising all of the fiscal 2005 spending bills that Congress failed to enact as stand-alone measures, which includes the FY2005 Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations bill.
www3.cancer.gov /legis/dec04/appropriations.html   (1437 words)

 AAMC : Washington Highlights :FY 2003 Funding High Priority for New Congress
However, the 11 remaining appropriations bills that have been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee total $395 billion, which means that $10 billion needs to be cut from these bills.
The situation for the VA-HUD appropriations bill is similar to the Labor-HHS bill; appropriators will have to cut between $2 and $3 billion from the House and Senate bills they crafted earlier this year.
Congressional leaders are currently discussing a strategy to complete the FY 2003 appropriations process prior to the President's State of the Union Address at the end of January.
www.aamc.org /advocacy/library/washhigh/2002/121302/_1.htm   (438 words)

 Priority Focus: Federal Update: Congress Moves on Appropriations Bills, Homeland Security and TANF
A third, the FY 2006 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, was approved in conference and is expected to reach the House and Senate floors for final passage next week.
In a victory for high-risk/high-threat states (such as California) the bill would require that the 60 percent of "basic formula" funding that to date has been allocated solely based on population instead be allocated according to risk factors.
The majority of the bill’s funding, and 85 percent of the year-over-year increase, will be used to provide $19.1 billion for border protection, immigration enforcement, and related activities.
www.imakenews.com /priorityfocus/e_article000464790.cfm?x=b11,0,w   (1087 words)

 AAAS R&D Program - Current Status of FY 2007 Appropriations
Only two FY 2007 appropriations bills (Defense and Homeland Security) have been signed into law, leaving funding for most domestic programs on hold.
The remaining RandD funding agencies are operating at the lowest of FY 2007 House, FY 2007 Senate, or FY 2006 funding levels through December 8 in a continuing resolution (CR; temporary appropriations bill).
To find the text of these bills, go to THOMAS (Library of Congress) and type the bill number into the search engine at the top of the page.
www.aaas.org /spp/rd/approp07.htm   (446 words)

 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation | Appropriations
Generally, there are two different types of bills - bills that designate funding (appropriations) and bills that set policy (authorization).
Congress is required to pass 13 appropriations bills to fund federal agencies, including the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education bill (Labor HHS).
During this period and when the bill is on the floor to be voted on by the full chamber, amendments (often called riders) can be offered to funding bills to add to the bill or restrict certain funding.
komenpolicy.org /komenpolicy/money.html   (597 words)

 Capitol Hill Watch | Congress To Focus on Labor-HHS, Other Unfinished Appropriations Bills During Lame-Duck Session - ...
, lawmakers in December could seek to pass an omnibus appropriations bill that includes most of the unfinished spending bills, but the "thorniest appropriations measures, such as the Labor-HHS-Education bill, could be extended until next year" as part of a continuing resolution.
Democrats seek to pass a bill (S 3678), sponsored by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), that would reauthorize a law related to bioterrorism and disease outbreak preparedness through 2011.
Democrats plan to attach the legislation to a separate bill (S 1873), a version of which the House passed by voice vote on Sept. 26, that would establish the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.
www.kaisernetwork.org /daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=41009   (583 words)

 OMB Watch - Federal Budget & Tax - Appropriations & Spending - Appropriations Nightmare on the Horizon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The result is a different number of appropriations bills in the House and Senate (11 in the House and 12 in the Senate) and a committee structure that does not easily compare between the two chambers (There are only 6 appropriations bills this year with identical jurisdictions).
Because of this incongruence and also because the Senate is woefully behind in their appropriations work with little hope of catching up, it appears Congress is headed for another round of unending, short-term continuing resolutions, and most likely another extremely large omnibus appropriations bill.
The bills are massive, with plenty of cover to hide extra spending, legislative changes, and special interest items that end up making the bill more fiscally irresponsible than if the bills where passed separately.
www.ombwatch.org /article/blogs/entry/977/2   (458 words)

 ACTE Legislative Update - August 16, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Under such a scenario, the details of such an omnibus bill would first be negotiated by key Members of the House and Senate, and the negotiated bill would then be passed by both chambers.
While the bill was improved during the committee process, it still contained several new requirements related to college price setting, transfer of credit, and accreditation that concern many in the higher education community.
Their attention is intently focused on HEA due to instructions in the Budget Reconciliation bill that require provisions affecting the costs of student aid programs to be completed by September 16.
www.acteonline.org /members/news/legislative_news/legupdate_081605.cfm   (880 words)

 Differences: Authorizing and Appropriations Bills
Authorizing Bills – Legislation that establishes or continues the legal operation of a federal program or agency.
They may be time limited or indefinite; or may limit the budget or authorize “such sums as necessary”.
Appropriations Bills – Legislation that gives legal authority to spend or obligate treasury funds.
www.apa.org /ppo/issues/authandapprpbill.html   (82 words)

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