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Fact Sheet: The Fiscal Year 2011 Discretionary Spending Allocation to the Appropriations Committee

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Washington, Feb 3, 2011 | comments
  • Pursuant to House Rules H.Res. 5 and spending reduction resolution H.Res. 38, the Budget Committee Chairman will file an allocation to set 2011 discretionary budget authority (BA) at $1,055 billion, which will produce savings of $74 billion compared to the President’s request..

  • Non-security discretionary spending is assumed to be $420 billion to bring this category of spending back to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout 2008 levels for the last seven months of this year. This will produce BA savings of $58 billion compared to the President’s request.

  • Security spending is assumed to be $635 billion, an increase of $8 billion relative to the 2010 level. Security agencies have been operating under a continuing resolution that is maintaining spending at last year’s level for the first five months of this year. The assumption is $16 billion below the President’s request for security spending.

  • The filing of this allocation is necessary because the previous Democratic Congress failed to produce, or even propose, a budget for this year. At present, Congress is operating without a budget. No budget, no priorities, no restraints.

  • In addition, not one appropriations bill was enacted last year. As a result, the government is operating under a stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, through March 4, 2011.

  • Because five months of the fiscal year will have passed by March 4, 2011, Congress has an increasingly shorter window of time to achieve savings in this fiscal year. House Democrats unfortunately rejected House Republicans’ repeated calls to cut spending last year.

  • As directed by H.Res. 38, the Budget Committee Chairman will file an allocation to ensure that non-security spending will be reduced to 2008 levels for the remainder of the year.

  • This is just a down-payment by Republicans to get spending under control. House Republicans will continue to tackle the country’s fiscal problems by advancing spending cuts and spending reforms, and by charting a new course with a new budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

 

FY 2011 302(a) Allocation
(Excludes OCO and Emergency Funding)

(BA in billions)

2008
Scored

2010
Scored

2011
Adj Request

2011
302(a) Allocation

Security

554

627

651

635

Non-Security

378

464

478

420

TOTAL

933

1,091

1,128

1,055



FY 2011 302(a) Allocations vs. 2008, 2010 and Adjusted 2011 Request

(BA in billions)

2008
Scored

2010
Scored

2011
Adj Request

Security

+81

+8

-16

Non-Security

+42

-43

-58

TOTAL

+122

-35

-74

***Totals may not add due to rounding.

2011 Adjusted Request: The estimate of budget authority reflects CBO's re-estimate of the President's FY 2011 Budget adjusted to keep Pell Grants as a discretionary program. The adjustment assumes Pell Grants remain at the August 2011 baseline level of $17.6 billion. The original CBO score of the President's Budget of $1,111 billion was therefore adjusted upwards by $17.6 billion brining the total adjusted request to approximately $1,130 billion.

2011 302(a) Allocation: The allocation assumes non-security budget authority is set to FY 2008 levels for the remaining months of the fiscal year after the current continuing resolution (P.L. 111-322) expires on March 4, 2011.

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