Committee Passes House Budget Resolution
March 22, 2012
Late Wednesday night, after a daylong markup session, the House Budget Committee approved Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) FY 2013 budget resolution. It was a narrow 19-18 vote, with Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) as the dissenting Republicans. The budget resolution annually sets the overall spending cap and recommends funding levels to the Appropriations Committee. As we reported earlier, the controversial Ryan budget, which proposes to cut spending by $5.3 trillion over 10 years, sets the FY 2013 discretionary spending cap at $1.028 trillion, $19 billion below the $1.047 trillion spending cap agreed to in the August 2011 debt limit deal.
There are 17 major government functions for which the budget committee recommends spending ceilings. CTE programs are part of the Function 500 category of education, training, employment and social services. The Ryan budget proposes to cut combined mandatory and discretionary spending for Function 500 programs by $9.5 billion below the current baseline.
The budget markup provided members of the committee with the opportunity to offer amendments to the budget proposal. There were five education related amendments offered by committee Democrats. They included amendments to prevent FY 2013 cuts to federal education funding, make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit, increase funding for Head Start and school modernization, and to prevent interest rates on subsidized student loans from doubling. All were defeated on a party-line vote.
The budget resolution is non-binding and serves as a guiding document for the appropriations committees to use as spending ceilings when setting actual allocations. CTE programs are overseen by the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. The appropriators will ultimately determine the funding levels for individual programs like Perkins.
The next step for the budget resolution is consideration on the House floor, which has been tentatively scheduled for next week.