The Senate adopted 302(b) allocations last week, providing appropriations subcommittees with top-line funding levels for their fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills. Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) was set at $74.3 billion, Agriculture-FDA at $23.1 billion, and Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) received $24.2 billion.
With top-line numbers now in hand and only 9 working days left until federal funding expires at the end of the month, Senate appropriators are working quickly to complete FY20 spending bills. The chamber has scheduled subcommittee markups for THUD, Agriculture-FDA and FSGG this Tuesday, and it is anticipated the bills will head to full committee for consideration on Thursday.
On the House side, appropriators are working on readjusting funding levels in preparation for negotiations with the Senate, since the top-line numbers they initially used provided more funding for non-defense programs than the signed budget deal. As negotiations unfold, Enterprise encourages Congress to provide the highest possible funding levels for critical affordable housing and community development programs.