The full Senate Appropriations Committee approved their 302(b) subcommittee allocations on September 7. The House approved their 302(b) subcommittee allocations back in May. The 302(b) subcommittee allocations provide a framework for the total discretionary budget that each appropriations subcommittee may allocate for federal departments and agencies under its jurisdiction. The total Senate budget authority comes to $1.043 trillion, a $23.3 billion increase over the House 302(b) allocations. Under the Senate Appropriation's plan, the Labor-HHS Subcommittee which has oversight of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), would have an additional $17.9 billion to spend; Commerce-Justice-Science, with jurisdiction over the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), would have an additional $2.5 billion; and Energy and Water Development would have an additional $986 million.
16 September 2011