July 1st, 2010
The House of Representatives passed two amendments to H.R. 4899, the 2010 supplemental appropriations bill for efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Haiti and pressing domestic needs.
The Senate bill provides a total of $45.5 billion in discretionary funding for FY 2010, of which $37.12 billion is provided for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill also provides $5.1 billion for FEMA disaster relief, $2.9 billion for Haiti, $162 million for the Gulf Coast oil spill, and over $600 million for other domestic needs in discretionary appropriations. Additionally, the bill includes $13 billion in mandatory funding for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange as requested by the President.
The House passed amendments add $22.8 billion for important domestic needs, including $10 billion for an Education Jobs Fund to help save 140,000 education jobs for the next school year, and funding for Pell Grants, summer youth jobs, the Pigford and Cobell settlements, border security, innovative technology energy loans, schools on military installations, additional Gulf Coast oil spill funding, emergency food assistance, a new soldier processing center at Fort Hood, and program integrity investments that are proven to produce 1½ times their cost in savings.
In order to hold the total amount to the President’s requested level over a ten-year period, the amendments includes a total of $23.5 billion in offsets: $11.7 billion in rescissions from programs that no longer require the funding, have sufficient funds on hand, or do not need the funding this year or next; $4.7 billion in savings from changes to mandatory programs; and $7.1 billion in increased revenues.
In total, the amendments save the Federal Government $493 million over ten years compared to the President’s request for Supplemental funding.
-Summary of House Passed Amendments
-Text of Amendment #1
-Text of Amendment #2
-Earmark Certification Letters
-Fact Sheet: Education Reform & Teacher Jobs
-Fact Sheet: Education Jobs Fund, Why We Need It