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103D CONGRESS 1st Session
DEPARTMENTS OF COMMERCE, JUSTICE, AND STATE, THE JUDICIARY, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATION BILL, 1994
JULY 22 (legislative day, JUNE 30), 1993.-Ordered to be printed
Mr. HOLLINGS, from the Committee on Appropriations,
[To accompany H.R. 2519]
The Committee on Appropriations, to which was referred the bill (H.R. 2519) making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1994, and for other purposes, reports the same to the Senate with various amendments and presents herewith information relative to the changes made.
AMOUNT IN NEW BUDGET (OBLIGATIONAL) AUTHORITY
Total bill as reported to Senate
Amount of appropriations, 1993
Amount of budget estimates, 1994, as amended
The bill as reported to the Senate:
Below the appropriations for 1993
Below the estimates for 1994
- 151,878,000 - 1,323,321,000
Title I-Department of Justice
Commission on Civil Rights
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Maritime Commission
Federal Trade Commission
Securities and Exchange Commission
National Commission to Support Law Enforcement
Title II-Department of Commerce
Title III—The judiciary
Title IV-Related agencies:
Department of Transportation: Maritime Administration
Commission on Immigration Reform
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Marine Mammal Commission
Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday Commission
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Small Business Administration
Thomas Jefferson Commemorative Commission
Legal Services Corporation
Title V-Department of State
Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
Board for International Broadcasting
Commission on the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad
SUMMARY OF COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
The Committee recommends a total of $22,971,372,000 in discretionary budget authority for departments, agencies, and programs within the jurisdiction of the Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. This action would result in $23,275,136,000 in new and prior year outlays, as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office. The Committee also recommends $558,392,000 for mandatory programs within this bill, resulting in estimated mandatory outlays of $544,654,000.
For discretionary programs, the Committee-recommended appropriations are $1,210,443,000 in budget authority below the President's budget request and $2,689,808,000 above the House-passed bill. The Committee notes that, as in past years, the House bill eliminates several ongoing programs and agencies because they lack annual authorization of appropriations. The Committee notes that many of the agencies and programs supported in this billsuch as the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fulbright educational exchanges, and the Minority Business Development Agency-do not have authorization for appropriations in fiscal year 1994. The Committee recommends meeting its responsibilities to the American public and providing for these ongoing programs. It does not recommend following the stringent approach proposed by the House.
The recommended bill is within the Committee's section 602(b) allocation for the agencies and programs within the Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Subcommittee's jurisdiction. This section 602(b) allocation for the departments, agencies, and programs within the Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Subcommittee's jurisdiction is $1,154,692,000 in outlays below the President's budget request and $523,862,000 in outlays below the Congressional Budget Office's estimate to maintain current services; that is, to keep programs operating at their current levels adjusted for inflation.
The Committee has made difficult, necessary tradeoffs to fashion a bill that is within the section 602(b) allocation. The Committee has not used any formulas or fair share methodologies as was used by the House in developing its version of H.R. 2519. The Committee recommended bill: (1) accords priority to programs that the Committee has consistently supported, such as law enforcement and technology programs; and (2) responds to the new administration's priorities as expressed in the budget request.
With regard to the second point, the President's budget request for the Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related
Agencies bill includes $986,682,000 in budget authority and $536,352,000 in estimated outlays for a category of programs categorized by the administration as investments. These investment expenditures principally are requested for commerce, justice, and small business programs and are specifically designated by the administration to be in excess of the discretionary spending caps provided for fiscal year 1994 in the 1990 Budget Enforcement Act. Many of these investments are not for new programs, but rather represent increased "must-pay" bills for ongoing Federal programs such as procurement of tornado-detecting Nexrad weather radars and initial staffing for Federal prisons that are ready for activation. Other investments are for high priority programs needed for economic growth such as small business loans and advanced technology research.
While the President's budget request within the discretionary spending caps never actually provided for these programs, and the section 602(b) allocation does not provide funds above the discretionary caps to support them, the Committee has recommended reductions in other programs within the Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies bill in order to support many of these program initiatives. The following table provides theinvestment request and the amounts included in the recommended bill:
PROGRAM CUTBACKS AND TERMINATIONS
The President's budget also proposes a number of specific program terminations and reductions. These cutbacks were announced in "A Vision of Change For America" released by the administration on February 17, 1993. Many of these programs are meritorious, but cannot be maintained in light of the constrained budgetary