FY04 Bill (Discretionary): $90.8 billion
FY05 President's Request (Discretionary): $92.1 billion
FY05 Bill (Discretionary): $92.9 billion
Taking Care of Veterans:
n Provides total resources of $30.3 B for the Veterans Health Administration: $19.5 billion for Medical Services; $4.7 billion for Medical Administration; $3.7 billion for Medical Facilities and $385 million for Medical Research – a total of $1.2 over the budget request and $1.9 billion above last year.
Does not contain additional fees as proposed by the President.
Total budgetary resources for all activities of the Veteran's Administration including retirement and medical benefits are increased by $4.3 billion over last year and $1.2 billion over the request.
Fully funds the President's request for the National Cemetery Administration, bringing FY05 funding to $149 million, $6 million above last year's level.
Fully funds the President's request for Veterans State Extended Care Facilities bringing total funding to $105 million, $4 million above last year's level.
Science and Space:
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funded at $5.5 billion, $111 million below last year and $278 million below the request. Funding includes: $4.2 billion for research; $208 million for research equipment; and $843 million for education and human resources.
NASA is funded at $15.1 billion, $229 million below last year and $1.1 billion below the request. The bulk of these savings come from the elimination of funding for new initiatives. The reductions include $30 million for technology maturation efforts; $230 million from Project Prometheus related to Jupiter Icy Moon Orbital; $438 million resulting from delaying the Crew Exploration Vehicle; and $100 million from Space Launch Initiatives by accelerating the termination of activities. The bill fully funds shuttle operations at the requested level of $4.3 billion. The committee fully funds Mars programs at the requested level of $691 million.
Protecting the Environment:
The Environmental Protection Agency is funded with an emphasis on state grants, particularly in the areas of clean water and safe drinking water.
Provides $7.8 billion for the EPA, $36 million below the President's request and $613 million below FY04. This includes funding of $2.2 billion for Environmental Programs and Management, $39 million below last year's level and 75 million below the request.
The Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is funded at the budget request of $845 million, the same as FY 2004 and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund is funded at $850 million, at the President's request.
Funds state environmental program grants at $1.2 billion, about equal to the FY04 level.
Overall, State and Tribal Assistance Grants are funded at $3.4 billion, or $127 million over the request.
Funds Superfund at $1.3 billion, the same as last year's level
Addressing Critical Housing Needs:
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is funded at $37.7 billion, $108 million below last year's level and $1 billion above the President's Request. Total funding for HUD has increased $4.7 billion or 14% over the last four years. Despite this generous growth, funding for most HUD programs has remained flat or been reduced due to the rapid growth in the Section 8 programs which now consumes more than half of HUD's budget, up from 41% four years ago. Authorization legislation proposed in the President's budget to change and reduce costs in the Section 8 voucher program is not included in the bill. Absent these authorization changes and faced with a tight allocation the subcommittee had to decrease most HUD programs by 4% in order to fund the continued rapid growth in the Section 8 program.
Funding for Section 8 programs has been divided into two accounts to provide better accountability and oversight:
--Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (vouchers and associated administrative costs) is funded at $14.7 billion, $491 million over last year and $1.56 billion over the request. This includes $13.3 billion for Section 8 voucher renewals, $581 million, or 5% over last year, and $1.5 over the request. This is in addition to the 15% increase the program received last year.
--(Project-Based Rental Assistance (project-based contracts and associated adminsitrative costs) is funded at $5.3 billion, $270 million over last year and $10 million below the request.
Public and Indian Housing programs are funded at $6.8 billion, including $2.58 for the Capital Fund, $3.4 billion for Operating Subsidies, $143 million for HOPE VI, and $622 million for the Native American Housing Block Grant.
HOME Investments Partnership is funded at $1.9 billion, including $1.8 billion for HOME formula grants and $85 million for the American Dream Downpayment program.
Includes $1.2 billion for Homeless programs, $282 million for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), $741 million for Elderly Housing, and $238 million for Housing for Persons with Disabilities.
Restores programs proposed in the budget for termination to 4% below the enacted level, including $24 million for Rural Housing and Economic Development, $14 million for Round II Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities, and $24 million for Brownfields Redevelopment.
Does not include funds for the President's new Samaritian and Prisoner Entry initiatives.
Other Items of Interest:
The Corporation for National and Community Service is funded at $572 million, $9 million below last year and $70 million below the President's request. This supports a volunteer level of 70,000, 5,000 less than last year but 20,000 more than the previous year.
Consumer Product Safety Commission is funded at $60 million, the same as the President's request and $3 million above last year's level.