WASHINGTON – Today, the subcommittees on Financial Services and General Government and Legislative Branch met to consider their appropriations bills for fiscal year 2022. The measures were reported out to the full committee with concerns raised by Republicans.
Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-TX), the lead Republican for the Appropriations Committee, said of the measures, “While these bills fund priorities of Members on both sides of the aisle, Committee Democrats have once again chosen to turn these annual appropriations bills into partisan messaging measures, filled with policy provisions and spending increases unacceptable to Republicans.
“Specifically, these bills drop policies that protect life, modify long-standing immigration policy, and allow Federal resources to be used for union activities. In addition, the overall funding levels in these bills are simply too high, with many agencies receiving double-digit percentage increases.
“I hope we can address these issues and work toward bipartisan bills that both chambers can pass. With our September 30th deadline quickly approaching, we cannot waste time working on partisan legislation.”
Troublesome Funding Levels and Provisions:
Financial Services and General Government
- Includes a $4.8 billion or a 20 percent increase in discretionary spending.
- Drops long-standing language prohibiting the use of DC local funds and the Federal employee health benefits program from funding abortions.
- Limits school choice for low-income students by including new restrictions on the DC private school voucher program.
- Allows people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to be hired by the Federal government.
- Prohibits funds to Federal employees to prevent official time for union activities; teleworking for certain positions; and using Federal buildings for union activities.
- Removes jurisdiction of local funds from Congress to the District of Columbia.
- Includes a $4.8 billion or a 13.7 percent increase in discretionary spending (excluding Senate items).
- Permits Legislative Branch agencies to employ individuals participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Ranking Member Granger’s remarks in each subcommittee are linked below:
Financial Services and General Government FY22 Subcommittee Markup
Legislative Branch FY22 Subcommittee Markup
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