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H.R. 2346 – Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 (Public Law No: 111-032)

H.R. 2346 provides supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009. The proposed bill authorizes appropriations dedicated to the International Affairs budget, food assistance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and to addressing pandemic diseases. The version passed by the full House on May 14, 2009 authorizes $96.7 billion in supplemental funding while the version passed by the full Senate on May 21, 2009 authorizes $91.3 billion in supplemental funding. The version outlined in the House-Senate Conference Committee Report submitted on June 12, 2009 authorizes $105.9 billion in supplemental funding.

Timeline of the bill:
- Representative Obey released a statement detailing the proposed Supplemental Appropriations bill on May 4, 2009;
- The House Committee on Appropriations made recommendations and approved the proposed bill by voice vote on May 7, 2009;
- Representative Obey formally introduced the bill on May 12, 2009. The bill was approved by the House Committee on Appropriations on the same day.
- The bill passed a vote of the full House (368-60) and was received by the Senate on May 14, 2009.
- The bill passed a vote (86-3) by the full Senate and was referred to a House-Senate Conference Committee on May 21, 2009.
- A House-Senate Conference Committee met on June 11, 2009 to resolve differences between the two versions of the bill approved by the separate chambers of Congress. The House-Senate Conference Committee submitted a Conference Report on the bill on June 12, 2009.
- The House approved the Conference Committee Report resolving differences between House and Senate versions of the bill by a vote of 226-202 on June 16, 2009.
- The Senate approved the Conference Committee Report resolving differences between House and Senate versions of the bill by a vote of 91-5 on June 18, 2009.
- The President signed the bill into law (Public Law No: 111-032) on June 24, 2009.

President Obama requests additional funding and authorities for pandemic flu response

In a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, President Obama referred to the recent H1N1 flu outbreak and requested that an additional $2 billion be included in the FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill in order “to enhance our Nation’s capability to respond to the potential spread of this outbreak.”

The President also requested that Congress grant him the authority to access existing funds for potential flu preparedness and response efforts including:

- Funds “totaling up to one percent of amounts appropriated in division A of Public Law 111-5” (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act);

- “One percent of discretionary funds available to the Department of Health and Human Services in fiscal year 2009;” and

- “Funds appropriated under the heading ‘Biodefense Countermeasures’ in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2004 (Pub. L. No. 108-90).”

Budget – Senate Committee on Appropriations announces 302(b) allocations for FY 2010 appropriation bills

The Senate Committee on Appropriations announced the 302(b) funding allocations for the FY 2010 appropriations bills. The 302(b) funding allocation provided to each appropriations subcommittee acts as a ceiling for allocating funds in the appropriation bill under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The 302(b) allocation to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs is approximately $49 billion.

Congressional Budget Office – Cost Estimate of H.R. 2454 American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) “and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate that over the 2010-2019 period enacting this legislation would:

- Increase federal revenues by about $846 billion; and

- Increase direct spending by about $821 billion.

In total, those changes would reduce budget deficits (or increase future surpluses) by about $24 billion over the 2010-2019 period.”

Budget – House Committee on Appropriations announces 302(b) allocations for FY 2010 appropriation bills

The House Committee on Appropriations announced the 302(b) funding allocations for the FY 2010 appropriations bills. The 302(b) funding allocation provided to each appropriations subcommittee acts as a ceiling for allocating funds in the appropriation bill under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The 302(b) allocation to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs is approximately $49 billion.