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    by Senator Roy Blunt

    Posted on 2013-02-28

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    BLUNT. Mr. President, I rise today to talk about a disappointing milestone that we passed yesterday.



    Yesterday was the 1,400th day since the Senate passed a Federal budget--1,400 days. So I guess today is the first day moving toward 1,500 days, but yesterday was the 1,400th day.

    It has been said--and I know I have said it on this floor--that failing to plan is planning to fail. If you don't have any idea where you are going, you are not likely to get where you would like to be.

    When it comes to our budgetary future, the strategy of the majority has been just not to deal with it.

    Last summer Vice President Joe Biden challenged and said: Show me your budget and I will tell you what you value. Why the Vice President would have said that I really don't know. The President's budget that has arrived late and has been dead on arrival, apparently, every time it has arrived in the last 4 years and a Senate majority of the Vice President's party that has not passed a budget--why the Vice President would have said: Show me your budget, and I will tell you what you value, I don't know.

    I like the Vice President personally a lot. I often don't know exactly why he said what he said. But this comment really does raise a question about why we are not willing to talk about the things we want to achieve as a government.

    Nearly 4 years have passed since we had any kind of blueprint. I am told when we talk about a budget in Washington that apparently there were no political consequences because the majority was rewarded with the majority again even though if there was one comment made over and over again in that campaign, it is, it has been 3 years since there has been a budget, and now we are saying it has been 4 years since there has been a budget, and we have seen the government lurch from crisis to crisis. Frankly, most of these crises have been created by the people who say they are trying to deal with them.

    I could not imagine, in November and December, why we would want to start a new year with the issues before us that were before us then. This could have been handled at that time as easily as it could be handled now. Part of it is the failure to plan.

    Since the Senate, controlled for some time now by Democrats, passed a budget in April of 2009, lots of things have happened. Four years ago nobody in America had an iPad yet because iPads had not yet been invented. Nobody in America now doesn't know somebody who has an iPad if they don't have one themselves. Instagram, which our conference just added to one of these tools this week, didn't even exist 4 years ago. The Federal debt 4 years ago was less than $12 trillion. Now it is $16.6 trillion. LeBron James was still a Cleveland Cavalier the last time the Senate passed a budget. ObamaCare--and the President, in the Presidential campaign, said he now liked that term. I think he may not like it as well as he does now when people find out more about it--was not even the law yet. It was not the law. The ``Oprah'' show was still on the air. NASA had not announced yet that we were done with the space shuttle missions. Prince William and Kate Middleton were not engaged, and Brett Favre still played for the NFL. Lots of things have happened in the last 4 years, but one thing that has not happened is the Senate has not passed a budget.

    Republicans in the House have drawn up and voted for budgets. We figured out ways occasionally to have a budget vote. But the President's budget would get no vote. There was no Senate majority budget on which to vote. I look forward to seeing that budget on the floor.

    I was glad to vote just a few weeks ago on the bill that said that if we do not have a budget, we do not get paid, because if we do not have a budget, we do not have the fundamental tool it takes to have the other debates on the appropriations bills. People deserve a Senate that has a budget, is willing to put it out there, and that then is willing to have the debates on appropriations bills we need to have. It has been 15 months since we had an appropriations bill on the Senate floor. We have failed to do the work, and that leads us from one needless crisis to another.

    Now the crisis, of course, is the sequestration deadline. If you listen to the administration, you would assume that this is the last day it is safe to go outside; that starting tomorrow terrible things are going to happen. I just heard our leader, the Republican leader, talk about our willingness to give the President of the other party more ability to direct these cuts in specific ways--but not forever. We need to take that responsibility back ourselves and appropriate the money that is going to be spent October 1. But between now and September 30, we need to make these reductions in the best way rather than the worst way.

    The Appropriations Committee, on which I am the ranking Republican, has Agriculture in it. One thing I am going to ask the Department is, Which employees are supposed to show up on those days that are so dangerous that you say only the critical employees need to be here? And if they are supposed to be here in bad weather, why wouldn't they be here now? Why would you cut the Federal employee who has to show up at a food-processing facility for anybody else to work and have somebody in an office somewhere doing something that could be done the next day that is just dependent on them? If I were the President, I wouldn't want to be answering, why did you cut this and not cut that? Recently the President had a series of press conferences. He embarked on a 100-city tour to warn about the sequester. He showed up in Newport News in Virginia almost exactly 1 year after three of my colleagues went there--Senator Graham, Senator Ayotte, and Senator McCain--saying: In a year this is going to be a big problem. A year later the President shows up and says: This is going to be a big problem.

    The President proposed the sequester in 2011. He insisted that it become law. He even threatened to veto a bill. He said: I will veto any bill to replace the sequester--late last year. Suddenly, now he has changed his mind and all these terrible things are going to happen and it is unavoidable. It is only unavoidable if we refuse to cut things that can be cut.

    The Federal Government has grown 19 percent in its spending in the last 4 years. The sequester would cut 2.4 or 2.5 percent. Anybody in America whose budget has grown 19 percent in the last 2 years can go back, not to where they were the last 4 years--rather, not to where they were 3 years or 4 years ago but just to where they were a few months ago and get their spending level back to that. This is a budget which has grown in a tremendous way, but now it is suddenly uncuttable. We cannot begin to get by with the money we were spending 6 or 9 or 12 months ago? Nobody believes that.

    If we want to have this discussion, that is fine with me. These spending cuts need to happen. They should happen, and they should happen in the right way. This is not going to be solved by campaign appearances all over the country. It is going to be solved by good management to reach reasonable goals. The accounting office has identified 51 areas where programs are inefficient, ineffective, and overlapping--51 areas. Why don't we deal with that? That is the Executive's responsibility, to say: Here is how we are going to eliminate these programs the Government Accountability Office has said are inefficient, ineffective, and overlapping. Otherwise, I guess we are committed to keep the programs that are inefficient, ineffective, and overlapping and spend billions of dollars of the taxpayers' money.

    That would include things such as 180 economic development programs operating in five different Cabinet agencies. I am for economic development. I am for opportunity and jobs. But do we need 180 different programs in 5 different agencies? Divide 180 by 5--does each of those agencies need an average of that many programs? There are 173 programs across 13 agencies to promote science, technology, engineering, and math education. That is not a bad goal, but does it take 173 programs in 13 agencies to do it? Twenty agencies oversee more than 50 financial literacy programs. More than 50 programs across 4 departments are there to support entrepreneurs. Private sector job creation should be the No. 1 domestic goal of the country [[Page S963]] today, but do you need 50 programs in four departments to encourage entrepreneurial skills? Probably not.

    Why don't we hear about that instead of the air traffic controllers and the highway engineers and the meat plant inspectors and the Head Start teachers? Why don't we hear about these programs that we all know are ready to be made more efficient--or in some cases just simply the way to make them more effective is to eliminate those programs.

    There are 47 job training programs in 9 agencies that cost $18 billion in fiscal year 2009. I do not have a number newer than that. We actually don't have a budget much newer than that. But $18 billion for 47 programs in 9 agencies? I am sure we can do better.

    The Government Accountability Office found at least 37 duplicative investments in information technology--that was $1.2 billion over 5 years--and 14 programs to administer grants to reduce diesel emissions across 3 departments. This is not 14 programs to administer grants and loans, this is 14 programs to administer grants and loans to reduce diesel emissions. I am for reducing diesel emissions. I am even for the Federal Government paying some attention to whether that is being done. But do we need 14 programs in 3 different agencies to do it? Across-the-board cutting, which is what sequester really means--that means we couldn't get to the number because, by the way, we didn't have any budget, we didn't pass any budget, so of course we couldn't get to the number. We couldn't get to the number the law requires us not to exceed in our spending, so the cure for that is to cut every line item in the discretionary spending part of the budget--the part that defends the country, the part that builds highways, the part that administers most educational needs in which the Federal Government is involved? That is what sequester is. We can do better.

    The Department of Defense has spent more than $67 billion in the last 10 years on nondefense spending. Probably somebody better than the Department of Defense could do the nondefense work. The Department of Energy weatherization program, which has received $5 billion in stimulus funds, exhibited a failure rate of 80 percent. The stimulus program really worked out well. Here is an 80-percent failure rate in energy weatherization.

    The FAA--the Federal Aviation Administration, the one about which my friend the Secretary of Transportation, with whom I served in the House, said we would have to eliminate air traffic controllers--they spend $500 million each year on consultants. It could be that it is more important that the air traffic controllers show up than that the consultants show up.

    I have a list here I am going to submit because the list literally goes on and on.

    The Internal Revenue Service stored 22,486 items of unused furniture in a warehouse, at an annual cost of $862,000.

    We will have this discussion of ``why cut that instead of this'' if we want to. But my side is willing to give the President authority between now and the end of this haphazardly put together appropriating year to target cuts so that those of us in the Senate can appropriate the money for next year's spending.

    We ought to be moving right now. We should not be having this debate at all today. We should be having a debate on the budget to have it done by April 15 so the Appropriations Committee can begin to do its work and we can find out what needs to happen here.

    This is a good time to ask the question, Is this a job for the government? If the answer is yes, the second question is, Is the Federal Government the best of all governments to solve this problem or is there some government closer to the people and closer to the problem that can solve it in a better way? There are two things I wish to submit and ask unanimous consent to have printed in the Record as I close my remarks. One is a July 31, 2012, memo to agencies from the Office of Management and Budget that says, ``Agencies should continue normal spending and operations since there are more than 5 months that remain for Congress to act.'' On September 28 the same management organization, the Office of Management and Budget, under the Executive Office of the President, sent another memo out that says, ``Agencies should continue normal spending and operations, as instructed in the July 31 memo from the Office of Management and Budget to executive departments and agencies which addresses operational and other issues raised by the potential of January 2 sequestration.'' So the new spending year is about to begin in 2 days--2 days after this goes out--and the direction from the White House is business as usual, full-speed ahead, spend money just like you are. Don't bother with that law which says that beginning on January 1, we have to spend less money.

    Well, I am convinced we are going to spend less money. I am prepared to work with the President to see that we do that in the smartest possible way, but we have to get our spending under control, and I look forward to seeing the Senate do its job first with the budget and then with bills that debate our money and what we spend our money on.

    There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows: Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC, July 31, 2012.

    Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies From Jeffrey D. Zients, Acting Director.

    Subject Issues Raised by Potential Sequestration Pursuant To Section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

    Passed by bipartisan majorities in both houses of the Congress, the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA; Public Law 112-25) amended the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (BBEDCA) to put into place an automatic process of across-the-board reductions in budgetary resources, known as a sequestration, specified in an order to be issued on January 2, 2013, if the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction failed to propose, and the Congress failed to enact, a bill containing at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction.

    The President has made clear that the Congress should act to avoid such a sequestration. If allowed to occur, the sequestration would be highly destructive to national security and domestic priorities, as well as to core government functions. To avoid this, the President submitted a budget for 2013 that includes a comprehensive and balanced set of proposals that contain greater deficit reduction than the Congress was charged with achieving. The Administration believes the Congress should redouble its efforts to reduce the deficit in a bipartisan, balanced, and fiscally responsible manner and avoid the sequestration.

    If Congress were to enact the requisite deficit reduction measures and avoid the sequestration, there would be no need to take steps to issue the sequestration order, and then to develop plans for agency operations for the remainder of FY 2013 within the constraints of that order. These sequestration planning and implementation activities, once undertaken, will necessarily divert scarce resources from other important agency activities and priorities. The President remains confident that Congress will act, but because it has not yet made progress towards enacting sufficient deficit reduction, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will work with agencies, as necessary, on issues raised by a sequestration of this magnitude.

    To that end, OMB will be holding discussions on these issues with you and your staff over the coming months. In the near term, OMB will consult with you on such topics as the application to your agency's accounts and programs of the exemptions from sequestration contained in section 255 of BBEDCA and the applicable sequestration rules specified in section 256 of BBEDCA. These discussions should be informed by your General Counsel's analysis of how the requirements of BBEDCA, as amended by the BCA, and other statutory authorities apply to a particular issue involving your agency. OMB will also engage with agencies on anticipated reporting requirements established by Congress that are related to, but separate from, planning for or implementing a sequestration order under the BCA.

    Over the longer term, in the absence of Congressional action on a balanced deficit reduction plan in advance of January 2, 2013, OMB will undertake additional activities related to the implementation of the BCA. OMB will work with agencies, as necessary, on issues surrounding the sequestration order and its implementation. For example, sequestrable amounts can only be calculated once FY 2013 funding levels are known; therefore, shortly before any sequestration order is issued, OMB will collect information [[Page S964]] from agencies on sequestrable amounts and, where applicable, unobligated balances, and calculate the percentage reductions necessary to implement the sequestration. In the meantime, agencies should continue normal spending and operations since more than 5 months remain for Congress to act.

    The steps described above are necessary to prepare for the contingency of having to issue a sequestration order, but they do not change the fact that sequestration is bad policy, was never meant to be implemented, and should be avoided through the enactment of bipartisan, balanced deficit legislation. The Administration urges the Congress to take this course.

    ____ Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC, September 28, 2012.

    OMB Bulletin No. 12-02--To the Heads of Executive Departments and Establishments Subject Apportionment of the Continuing Resolution(s) for Fiscal Year 2013 1. Purpose and Background. H.J. Res. 117 will provide continuing appropriations for the period October 1, 2012 through March 27, 2013. Section 110 of H.J. 117 requires that the joint resolution be implemented so that only the most limited funding actions shall be taken in order to provide for continuation of projects and activities, and section 109 requires that programs restrict funding actions so as not to impinge on the final funding prerogatives of the Congress. I am automatically apportioning amounts provided by sections 101(a) and 101(b) of this continuing resolution (CR) as specified in section 3. The amounts provided by the 0.612 percent across-the-board (ATB) increase in section 101(c) will be subject to the procedures for apportioning that funding as outlined in section 4. This Bulletin supplements instructions for apportionment of CRs in OMB Circular No. A- 11, sections 120 and 123.

    The Administration continues to urge Congress to pass a balanced package of deficit reduction that would replace the potential sequestration on January 2, 2013, under section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended (BBEDCA). If necessary, the Bulletin will be amended to address that sequestration. Unless and until the Bulletin is amended, however, agencies should continue normal spending and operations, as instructed in the July 31 memo from OMB to executive departments and agencies which addressed operational and other issues raised by the potential January 2 sequestration. Unless the Bulletin is subsequently amended, it should be assumed to apply to both this CR and any extensions of this CR.

    Note: Although the CR Bulletin does not automatically or otherwise apportion budgetary resources for accounts that are not determined by current appropriation action of the Congress (such as mandatory funding and balances of prior year budget authority), those apportionments will also be amended if necessary, to reapportion sequestrable resources to account for the potential January 2 sequestration. The guidance above to spend and operate normally until further notice also applies to these other resources.

    2. Amounts Provided. Section 101(a) of H.J. Res. 117 provides such amounts as may be necessary, at a rate for operations as provided in the applicable appropriations Acts for fiscal year (FY) 2012 and under the authority and conditions provided in such stated Acts, for continuing projects or activities (including the costs of direct loans and loan guarantees) that are not otherwise specifically provided for in H.J. Res. 117, that were conducted in FY 2012, and for Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-55), except for appropriations in that Act designated by the Congress as being for disaster relief, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74), and the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-77), except for appropriations in that Act under the heading ``Corps of Engineers-Civil''.

    Section 101(b) provides that notwithstanding section 101 whenever an amount designated for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of BBEDCA in either the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012 (division A of Public Law 112-74) or in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (division H of Public Law 112-74) that would be made available for a project or activity is different from the amount requested in the President's FY 2013 Budget request, the project or activity shall be continued at a rate for operations that would be permitted by, and such designation shall be applied to, the amount in the President's FY 2013 Budget request. For purposes of calculating the rate for operations, the reference to ``amount'' in section 101(b) is assumed to mean the budget account total.

    Section 101(c) increases the rate for operations provided by subsection (a) by 0.612 percent. Such increase does not apply to OCO/GWOT amounts or to amounts incorporated in the joint resolution by reference to the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-77).

    3. Automatic Apportionments. Attachment A contains more detailed instructions on calculating the annualized amount provided by the CR. In order to calculate the amount automatically apportioned through the period ending March 27, 2013 (and any extensions thereof) multiply the annualized amount provided by the CR in sections 101(a) and 101(b) by the lower of: The percentage of the year (pro-rata) covered by the CR (e.g., for H.J. Res. 117 use 48.77 percent), or The historical seasonal rate of obligations for the period of the year covered by the CR.

    Unless determined otherwise by your RMO, all automatically apportioned CR funds are apportioned as Category B (lump sum), regardless of quarterly restrictions (i.e., amounts on Category A) imposed in last year's apportionments. Limitations on programs (i.e., other Category Bs) and footnotes included in last year's apportionments remain in effect under the CR.

    Apportionment of the 0.612 percent ATB increase in section 101(c) is discussed in section 4.

    4. Amounts Provided by Section 101(c) Excluded from Automatic Apportionment. This automatic apportionment does not apply to amounts provided by the 0.612 percent ATB increase in section 101(c) of H.J. Res. 117. The agency may submit a written apportionment to OMB to request these funds during the period of the CR.

    5. Accounts with Zero Funding Excluded from Automatic Apportionment. As has been the case in recent CR Bulletins, including FY 2012, if either the House or Senate has reported or passed a bill that provides no funding for an account at the time the CR is enacted or extended, this automatic apportionment does not apply to that account. (Reported bills are those that have been filed by the full House or Senate Appropriations Committee for floor action.) The agency may filed by the full House or Senate Appropriations Committee for floor action.) The agency may submit a written apportionment to OMB to request funds for the account during the period of the CR, if needed.

    6. Programs under Section 111. Funds for appropriated entitlements and other mandatory payments, and activities under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, are automatically apportioned amounts as needed to carry out programs at a rate to maintain program levels under current law, i.e., at the FY 2013 level. However, this automatic apportionment does not apply to programs with more complex funding structures. Agencies should contact their RMO representatives to determine if their account is automatically apportioned or if a written apportionment is required.

    With regard to the associated administrative expenses for those programs, section 111 does not apply. The associated administrative expenses are automatically apportioned at the pro-rata level based on FY 2012 annualized levels in section 101(a).

    As noted in section 1, this automatic apportionment will be amended, if necessary, to reapportion sequestrable resources to account for the sequestration order that the President may be required to issue on January 2, 2013, under section 251A of BBEDCA. Until such time as the Bulletin is amended, agencies should continue normal spending and operations, as instructed in the July 31 memo from OMB to executive departments and agencies which addressed operational and other issues raised by the potential January 2 sequestration.

    7. Credit Limitations. If there is an enacted credit limitation (i.e., a limitation on loan principal or commitment level) in FY 2012, then the automatic apportionment is the pro-rata share of the credit limitation or the budget authority (i.e., for subsidy cost), whichever is less. To calculate amounts available, see exhibit 123B of OMB Circular No. A-11.

    8. Written Apportionments for Amounts Provided by Sections 101(a) and 101(b). If an agency seeks an amount for a program that is more than the amount automatically apportioned under sections 101(a) and 101(b), a written apportionment must be requested from OMB. OMB expects to grant only a very limited number of these written apportionment requests. Each of these requests must be accompanied by a written justification that includes the legal basis for the exception apportionment. Similarly, an RMO or an agency may determine that an amount for a program should be less than the amount automatically apportioned by sections 101(a) and 101(b) in order to ensure that an agency does not impinge on the final funding prerogatives of the Congress. In these cases, a written apportionment will also be required.

    Agencies do not need to request a new written apportionment for each extension of the CR (unless otherwise required by your RMO). Instead, in the case of accounts that receive a written apportionment at any time during the CR period, the automatic apportionment will apply to such accounts under any subsequent extensions of the CR, provided that the total amount apportioned during the CR period does not exceed the total annualized level of the CR. However, any footnotes on the written apportionment continue to apply to the accounts, when subsequently operating under the automatic apportionment.

    The written apportionments described in this section are not intended to address the written apportionment requirements for amounts provided by section 101(c) or accounts with zero funding. Those requirements are described in sections 4 and 5 above, respectively.

    Jeffrey D. Zients, Deputy Director for Management.

    Attachment(s): [[Page S965]] Attachment B: Non-CHIMP Cancellations Recurring in a 2013 Continuing Resolution.

    Attachment C: Changes in Mandatory Programs Recurring in a 2013 Continuing Resolution.

    ATTACHMENT B: NON-CHIMP \1\ CANCELLATIONS RECURRING IN A 2013 CONTINUING RESOLUTION [budget authority in millions of dollars] ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Appropriations Subcommittee 2012 Enacted 2013 CR ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Cancellations of Unobligated Balances: Agriculture and Rural Development: USDA, The Office of -4 - Advocacy and Outreach....

    USDA, Buildings and -2 - Facilities [National Institute of Food and Agriculture].............

    USDA, Public Law 480 Title -3 - I Ocean Freight Differential Grants......

    USDA, Public Law 480 Title -2 - I Direct Credit and Food for Progress Program.....

    USDA, Salaries and -1 -- Expenses [Foreign Agricultural Service]....

    ------------------------------------- Total, Agriculture and -12 - Rural Development......

    Commerce, Justice, Science: DOC, Emergency Steel, Oil, -1 - and Gas Loan Program Account..................

    DOC, Coastal Zone -18 - Management Fund..........

    DOC, Public -3 -3 Telecommunications Facilities, Planning and Construction.............

    DOC, Information -2 -1 Infrastructure Grants....

    DOJ, Working Capital Fund. -40 -40 DOJ, Salaries and -2 -2 Expenses, United States Marshals Service.........

    DOJ, Salaries and Expenses -10 -10 [Drug Enforcement Administration]..........

    DOJ, Buildings and -45 -45 Facilities...............

    DOJ, Justice Assistance... -4 -4 DOJ, State and Local Law -42 -42 Enforcement Assistance...

    DOJ, Juvenile Justice -9 -9 Programs.................

    DOJ, Community Oriented -24 -24 Policing Services........

    DOJ, Violence against -15 -15 Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs.....

    NASA, Mission Support..... -1 - NASA, Space Operations.... -12 -13 NASA, Science............. -5 -5 NASA, Exploration......... -4 -4 NASA, Aeronautics......... -1 -1 NASA, Education........... -2 -2 NASA, Construction, -5 -5 Environmental Compliance, and Remediation..........

    ------------------------------------- Total, Commerce, -245 -225 Justice, Science.......

    Defense: DOD, Procurement, Defense- -5 -4 wide.....................

    DOD, Aircraft Procurement, -168 -78 Navy.....................

    DOD, Weapons Procurement, -34 -34 Navy.....................

    DOD, Procurement of -28 -28 Ammunition, Navy and Marine Corps.............

    DOD, Shipbuilding and -110 - Conversion, Navy.........

    DOD, Other Procurement, -60 -60 Navy.....................

    DOD, Aircraft Procurement, -27 -22 Army.....................

    DOD, Missile Procurement, -100 -30 Army.....................

    DOD, Procurement of -23 -19 Weapons and Tracked Combat Vehicles, Army....

    DOD, Procurement of -37 -15 Ammunition, Army.........

    DOD, Other Procurement, -497 -438 Army.....................

    DOD, Aircraft Procurement, -253 -220 Air Force................

    DOD, Missile Procurement, -198 -194 Air Force................

    DOD, Other Procurement, -65 -53 Air Force................

    DOD, Research, -254 - Development, Test, and Evaluation, Defense-wide.

    DOD, Research, -66 - Development, Test, and Evaluation, Navy.........

    DOD, Research, -357 - Development, Test and Evaluation, Army.........

    DOD, Research, -258 - Development, Test, and Evaluation, Air Force....

    DOD, National Defense -34 - Sealift Fund.............

    ------------------------------------- Total, Defense.......... -2,574 -1,195 Energy and Water Development: DOE-NNSA, Defense Nuclear -21 -21 Nonproliferation.........

    DOE, Fossil Energy -187 -42 Research and Development.

    DOE, Energy Efficiency and -10 -10 Renewable Energy.........

    ------------------------------------- Total, Energy and Water -218 -73 Development............

    Financial Services and General Government: GSA, Operating Expenses... -5 - EXOP, Partnership Fund for -10 - Program Integrity Innovation...............

    Drug Control Programs, -5 - Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center........

    Drug Control Programs, -6 -6 Other Federal Drug Control Programs.........

    Salaries and Expenses -1 -1 [Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board]...................

    ------------------------------------- Total, Financial -27 -7 Services and General Government.............

    Homeland Security: DHS, Office of the Chief -5 -5 Information Officer......

    DHS, Working Capital Fund. -5 -1 DHS, Citizenship and -1 - Immigration Services.....

    DHS, Salaries and Expenses -1 -1 [United States Secret Service].................

    DHS, Aviation Security.... -71 - DHS, Immigration and -13 -10 Customs Enforcement......

    DHS, Automation -10 -10 Modernization [Immigration and Customs Enforcement].............

    DHS, Customs and Border -5 -5 Protection...............

    DHS, Automation -5 -5 Modernization, Customs and Border Protection....

    DHS, Border Security -3 -3 Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology...........

    DHS, Operating Expenses -38 -38 [United States Coast Guard]...................

    DHS, Acquisition, -4 -1 Construction, and Improvements (U.S. Coast Guard)...................

    DHS, United States Visitor -27 -27 and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology.....

    DHS, State and Local -3 -3 Programs.................

    DHS, National Pre-disaster -1 -1 Mitigation Fund..........

    DHS, Management and -1 - Administration...........

    ------------------------------------- Total, Homeland Security -193 -110 Interior and Environment: DOI, NPS, Construction -4 -4 (and Major Maintenance)..

    DOI, Wildland Fire -82 - Management...............

    EPA, State and Tribal -45 -45 Assistance Grants........

    EPA, Hazardous Substance -5 -5 Superfund................

    ------------------------------------- Total, Interior and -136 -54 Environment............

    Military Construction and Veterans Affairs: DOD, Military -131 -131 Construction, Defense- wide.....................

    DOD, Base Closure Account -259 -259 2005.....................

    DOD, Military -25 -25 Construction, Navy and Marine Corps.............

    DOD, Military -100 -100 Construction, Army.......

    DOD, Military -32 -32 Construction, Air Force..

    ------------------------------------- Total, Military -547 -547 Construction, Veterans Affairs................

    State and Foreign Operations: State, Diplomatic and -14 -14 Consular Programs........

    State, Economic Support -100 -100 Fund.....................

    Export-Import Bank Loans -400 -400 Program Account..........

    ------------------------------------- [[Page S966]] Total, State and Foreign -514 -514 Operations.............

    Transportation and Housing and Urban Development: Transportation, -3 - Compensation for General Aviation Operations......

    Transportation, Capital -58 -44 Investment Grants........

    Transportation, Operations -1 - and Training.............

    Transportation, Maritime -35 - Guaranteed Loan (Title XI) Program Account......

    HUD, Housing Certificate -200 -20 Fund.....................

    HUD, Other Assisted -232 -15 Housing Programs.........

    ------------------------------------- Total, Transportation -529 -79 and Housing and Urban Development............

    Subtotal, Cancellations -4,995 -2,804 of Unobligated Balances ===================================== Cancellations of Advance Appropriations: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs: VA, Medical Support and -100 - Compliance (reappropriation) \2\....

    VA, Medical Services -1,400 - (reappropriation) \2\....

    VA, Medical Facilities -250 - (reappropriation) \2\....

    ------------------------------------- Total, Military -1,750 - Construction, Veterans Affairs................

    Transportation and Housing and Urban Development: HUD, Tenant Based Rental -650 - Assistance...............

    Subtotal, Cancellations -2,400 - of Advance Appropriations.........

    ===================================== TOTAL, Cancellations of -7,395 -2,804 Balances & Advance Appropriations.........

    Cancellations of Overseas Contingency Operations Funding: \3\ Defense: DOD, Overseas Contingency -357 - Operations Transfer Fund.

    DOD, Procurement of -21 - Ammunition, Army.........

    DOD, Other Procurement, -2 - Air Force................

    ------------------------------------- Total, Defense.......... -380 - Military Construction and Veterans Affairs: DOD, Military -235 - Construction, Army.......

    DOD, Military -35 - Construction, Air Force..

    ------------------------------------- Total, Military -270 - Construction, Veterans Affairs................

    Subtotal, Rescissions/ -650 - Cancellations of Overseas Contingency Operations Funding.....

    ===================================== Cancellations of Congressionally- Designated Emergency Funding: \4\ Homeland Security: DHS, Immigration and -2 - Customs Enforcement......

    DHS, Aviation Security.... - -16 DHS, Border Security -4 - Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology...........

    DHS, Acquisition, -2 -2 Construction, and Improvements (U.S. Coast Guard)...................

    ------------------------------------- Total, Homeland Security -8 -18 Subtotal, Cancellations -8 -18 of Congressionally- Designated Emergency Funding................

    ===================================== Grand Total, All -8,053 -2,822 Cancellations..........

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------ \1\ Excludes offsets that are the result of cancelling or blocking spending from mandatory programs. See Attachment C on CHIMPs for this information.

    \2\ These funds were technically rescinded in the appropriations bills but they were immediately reappropriated. This rescission- reappropriation mechanism is to simply to extend the availability for two years.

    \3\ These enacted rescissions of funding were designated as Overseas Contingency Operations pursuant to Section 251(b)(2)(A) of BBEDCA, as amended.

    \4\ Funding is not designated ``Emergency'' pursuant to Section 251(b)(2)(A) of BBEDCA, as amended. These amounts are counted outside of the discretionary caps.

    ATTACHMENT C: CHANGES IN MANDATORY PROGRAMS RECURRING IN A 2013 CONTINUING RESOLUTION [Budget authority in millions of dollars] ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Appropriations Subcommittee 2012 Enacted \1\ 2013 CR ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Agriculture and Rural Development: USDA, Funds for Strengthening -150 -300 Markets, Income, and Supply (Section 32).................

    USDA, Federal Crop Insurance -75 -75 Corporation Fund.............

    USDA, Commodity Credit -20 -- Corporation Export Loans Program Account..............

    USDA, Commodity Credit -184 -- Corporation Fund (Biomass Crop Assistance Program).....

    USDA, Commodity Credit -17 -- Corporation Fund (Voluntary Public Access)...............

    USDA, Watershed Rehabilitation -165 -165 Program......................

    USDA, Rural Energy for America -51 -29 Program......................

    USDA, Rural Microenterprise -4 -4 Investment Program Account...

    USDA, Energy Assistance -80 -28 Payments.....................

    USDA, Farm Security and Rural -1,225 -657 Investment Programs..........

    Conservation Stewardship (-33) (-217) Program..................

    Environmental Quality (-350) (-350) Incentives Program.......

    Farmland Protection (-50) (-50) Program..................

    Grassland Reserve Program. (-81) (--) Wetlands Reserve Program.. (-671) (--) Wildlife Habitat (-35) (-35) Incentives Program.......

    Agriculture Management (-5) (-5) Assistance Program.......

    USDA, Rural Economic -155 -155 Development Grants (Cushion of Credit)...................

    USDA, Trade Adjustment -90 -- Assistance for Farmers.......

    USDA, Supplemental Nutrition -11 -11 Assistance Program...........

    USDA, Child Nutrition Programs -133 -- (Obligation Delay)...........

    ------------------------------------- Total, Agriculture and Rural -2,360 -1,424 Development................

    Commerce, Justice, Science: DOC, NOAA, Promote and Develop -109 -109 Fishery Products Transfer....

    DOC, NOAA Fisheries Enforcement and Sanctuaries Enforcement Asset Forfeiture Funds: Operations, Research, and +6 -- Facilities (ORF) Reduction in Collections.

    ORF Reduction in Spending -6 -- Authority from Collections..............

    Transfer out of -3 -- Unobligated Spending Authority from ORF.......

    Collections Deposited as -6 -- Receipts in Asset Forfeiture Funds.........

    Spending of Receipts in +6 -- Asset Forfeiture Funds...

    Transfer in of Unobligated +3 -- Spending Authority to the Asset Forfeiture Fund....

    DOC, Digital Television -4 -4 Transition and Public Safety Fund.........................

    DOJ, Assets Forfeiture Fund... -675 -675 DOJ, Crime Victims Fund -7,113 -9,511 (Obligation Delay)...........

    DHS, Citizenship and -4 -4 Immigration Services Transfer ------------------------------------- Total, Commerce, Justice, -7,905 -10,303 Science....................

    Energy and Water Development: DOE, SPR Petroleum Account.... -500 -500 DOE, Northeast Home Heating -100 -- Oil Reserve..................

    ------------------------------------- Total, Energy and Water -600 -500 Development................

    Financial Services and General Government: Treasury, Forfeiture Fund..... -950 -950 FDIC, Deposit Insurance Fund -45 -45 Transfer to the OIG..........

    Postal Service, Transfers to -255 -255 the OIG & Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).............

    [[Page S967]] Postal Service, Discretionary +255 +257 Offsetting Collections for Transfers to the OIG & PRC...

    Securities and Exchange -25 -25 Commission Reserve Fund......

    ------------------------------------- Total, Financial Services -1,020 -1,018 and General Government.....

    Interior and Environment: USDA, Forest Service Permanent -12 -12 Appropriations...............

    DOI, Mineral Leasing and -42 -40 Associated Payments..........

    DOI, NPS, Land Acquisition and -30 -30 State Assistance.............

    DOI, Assistance to Territories +14 +13 DOI, Office of Surface Mining * -- Fee Reclassification.........

    ------------------------------------- Total, Interior and -70 -69 Environment................

    Labor, HHS, and Education: Labor, MSHA Approval and -- +1 Certification Fee to be Deposited in Expenditure Account......................

    HHS, Consumer Operated and -400 -400 Oriented Plan Program Account HHS, Children's Health -6,368 -6,368 Insurance Fund...............

    HHS, CMS Program Management, +44 +44 High Risk Pools..............

    Education, Student Financial -124 -- Assistance (including Pell Grants)......................

    Independent Payment Advisory -10 -10 Board........................

    ------------------------------------- Total, Labor, HHS, and -6,858 -6,733 Education..................

    State and Foreign Operations: State, Foreign Military Sales -100 -- Trust Fund--Block mandatory spending.....................

    State, Foreign Military Sales +100 -- Trust Fund--Payout to Special Defense Acquisition Fund.....

    ------------------------------------- Total, State and Foreign -- -- Operations.................

    Transportation and Housing and Urban Development: Transportation, FMCSA Motor -1 -1 Carrier Safety Grants........

    ------------------------------------- TOTAL, Changes in Mandatory -18,814 -20,048 Programs (CHIMPs)..........

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------ * Denotes a number less than $500K.

    \1\ All FY 2012 CHIMPs have been rebased as mandatory and are not included in any FY 2012 Enacted levels. They are only displayed for comparison purposes.

    Mr. BLUNT. I yield back whatever time I might have.

    The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. Time is yielded back.

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