Key House Panel Sets Fiscal 2010 Spending Allocations

Posted on June 10, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Subcommittees See Spending Boosts

By Greg Wright


The members of the House Appropriations Committee are some of the most powerful lawmakers in Congress. That’s because they decide how trillions of federal dollars will be spent each year.

On June 10 Chairman Dave Obey (D-WI) and other members divvied up how much subcommittees will get in discretionary spending for fiscal year 2010 for a dozen appropriation bills. The grand total came to $1.086 trillion.

That is about $10 billion less in discretionary spending than President Obama originally asked for, according to news reports. Still it is an increase of about $73 billion over what was sought in fiscal 2009, news reports said. So everyone could end up having more money to work with.

The Defense subcommittee as usual got the lion’s share of the pie – about $508 billion. That is about $20 billion more than was allocated during the last fiscal year.

Other subcommittees that snagged large pieces of the spending allocation included Labor, Health and Human Services (about $160.7 billion, or a $7.5 billion increase over fiscal 2009); Military Construction/Veterans Affairs ($76.5 billion, or a $3.8 billion increase); Transportation/Housing and Urban Development ($68.8 billion, or a $14 billion increase); and Commerce, Justice and Science ($64.3 billion, or a $7.5 billion increase).

For more information on discretionary spending allocations visit the House Appropriations Committee Web site (, click on “press releases,” and then click on the link for “subcommittee allocations-302(b)s.

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