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Senate Unveils Appropriations Bill for Remainder of FY 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Senate Unveils Appropriations Bill for Remainder of FY 2013

The Senate Appropriations Committee has released a bill to fund the federal government for the second half of fiscal year 2013. A committee press release indicates that the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 provides $1.043 trillion in budget authority, consistent with the Budget Control Act of 2011. Highlights of the legislation are provided below.

• The Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration would see its budget increase from $455.6 million to $471.2 million. Of that amount, $15.1 million would be allocated to the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center, $80 million would go to the Import Administration, and $309 million would be used for trade promotion and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service.

• The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative would be funded at $51.3 million, down slightly from $52 million.

• U.S. Customs and Border Protection would receive $11.9 billion while U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would be funded at $5.7 billion. Overall, the Department of Homeland Security would be allocated $39.6 billion, essentially unchanged from the previous fiscal year.

• The Food and Drug Administration would receive $2.51 billion, including increases in budget authority of $12.5 million for food safety and $10 million for food and drug safety inspections in China.  

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