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Budget Resolution Update April 2, 2009

Posted by dglaudemans in Analysis, News.
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kerrylugarYesterday afternoon, the Senate passed the Kerry-Lugar amendment to its FY 2010 budget resolution, restoring $4 billion to the function 150 international affairs budget. The restoration of $4 billion in the international affairs budget was offset by $4 billion in discretionary-wide cuts for all agencies’ administrative costs. Earlier this week, the Senate Budget Committee had cut the administration’s international affairs budget request by 7.5% ($4 billion). On the House side, the $5.5 billion cut to the President’s international affairs budget is unlikely to change. The Senate action creates a likelihood that the conference on the two resolutions will need to resolve this difference. Given the administration’s full court press on the 150 budget – including calls by Secretary Clinton and Secretary Gates to the Budget Commitees and the leadership, that conference may increase the House amount.

Congress hopes to pass the Budget Resolution by the Easter recess, in order to begin the appropriations process when they reconvene in two weeks. Meanwhile, the White House is likely to submit its FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations request for Iraq and Afghanistan late next week. Read about what is expected in the supplemental here (international affairs) and here (defense). Secretary Gates is expected to brief his proposed military hardware cuts on in the FY 2010 budget on Monday, April 6.

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