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house Bill H.R. 7617

$1.37 Trillion ‘Minibus’: FY2021 Spending for Defense, Education, Health, and Transportation

Argument in favor

The priorities reflected in Democrats’ seven-bill “minibus” spending package will help keep federal agencies functioning effectively, in addition to providing additional emergency response funding.

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We need to keep the government funded while we await removing trump and his friends from the White House and Congress.
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Only if this is separate from Covid stimulus. Keep our military strong. No to duplicate pay programs. No to Planned Parenthood. No to unnecessary projects and expenditures. Cut the pay of Congress. No show up for work then no pay. Americans are suffering and some people in Congress are still abusing and taking advantage of hurting Americans.
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We need to cut the pork. The government needs to take care of what the constitution is for. Term limits!!!
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Argument opposed

Packaging nearly $1.37 trillion in funding covering federal agencies that would normally be funded under seven different bills into one “minibus” is a nightmare for transparency. It also isn’t bipartisan and as a result has little chance of becoming law.

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Where is funding for the Post Office and for elections? No funding for Homeland Security or Border Patrol after their ILLEGAL and CRIMINAL actions against us in Portland and Seattle.
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This bill is full of pork and BS. To many things wrong to list. Absolutely not. No. No. No. Just look at the defense section! It’s absurd! THE F35 DOSN’T EVEN WORK!! WHY ARE WE BUYING THEM?!?!?
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Pork pork pork one close look at this mini bus and you can see we are once again prioritizing the military over the healthcare and education of the citizens. There is no way I would support this. The CDC gets a pittance of an increase but DHS gets billions. DOD Billions, Education millions Infrastructure nada, Department of Emergency Management nada, NOAA nothing NASA not much... I really don’t see what’s worth defending anymore with Trump at the helm.
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What is House Bill H.R. 7617?

This minibus appropriations package would provide $1.367 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal year 2021 to agencies funded under seven of the 12 appropriations categories, including Commerce-Justice-Science; Defense; Energy & Water Development; Financial Service & General Government; Homeland Security; Labor-HHS-Education; and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development. A breakdown of its various provisions can be found below.

COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE

This section would provide $71.473 billion in discretionary funding for FY2021, a decrease of $1.7 billion from the prior year due to the timing of the 2020 Census.

Commerce Dept.: A total of $9.54 billion in funding for FY2021 would be provided, a decrease of $5.68 billion from the prior year due to the timing of the 2020 Census.

  • Census Bureau: $1.68 billion would be provided, a decrease in line with the operational rampdown scheduled for the 2020 Census.

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): $5.45 billion would be provided, an increase of $101.9 million from FY2020.

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): $1.04 billion would be provided, an increase of $7 million from FY2020.

Dept. of Justice: A total of $33.2 billion in funding for FY2021 would be provided, an increase of $972.5 million from the prior year. Specifically, it would provide:

  • $525 million for Violence Against Women Act programs;

  • $400 million for the Byrne-JAG program, which is the primary grant program for state & local law enforcement agencies;

  • $412 million for Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act programs to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic;

  • $251.5 million for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program; and

  • $191 million for initiatives to address the sexual assault kit & other DNA evidence backlogs.

Other law enforcement agencies that would receive funding under this section include:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): $9.7 billion for salaries and expenses, an increase of $235.4 million from the prior year.

  • Bureau of Prisons (BOP): $7.7 billion for salaries and expenses, an increase of $300 million from the prior year.

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF): $1.55 billion for ATF, an increase of $150 million from the prior year, including funding for expansion of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).

The Science section of this bill would provide funding for the following agencies:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA): $22.63 billion, equal to the prior year, to continue investments in human space exploration efforts as well as other investments.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $8.55 billion, an increase of $270 million from the prior year.

DEFENSE

This section of the bill would provide $694.6 billion in FY2021 for the Dept. of Defense (DOD). Of the total, the base budget would be $626.2 billion, an increase of $3.5 billion from the prior year, while $68.4 billion would be provided for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) / Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). A detailed breakdown of where that funding would go can be found below.

Military Personnel & Pay: This section would provide $162.3 billion to fund an active duty end strength of 1,351,500 personnel, an increase of 12,000 above the current year, along with a 3% pay raise. It would fund the following personnel levels:

  • Army: 485,900 active duty; 189,800 reserve; and 336,500 Guard.

  • Navy: 347,800 active duty; and 58,800 reserve.

  • Marine Corps: 184,100 active duty; and 38,500 reserve.

  • Air Force: 333,700 active duty; 70,300 reserve; and 108,100 Guard.

Operations & Maintenance: This section would provide a total of $254.5 billion in funding for operation & maintenance, including:

  • $24.7 billion to the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force for depot maintenance;

  • $9.5 billion for SOCOM’s operation & maintenance requirements; and

  • $2.49 billion to continue the transition of space activities to the Space Force.

Procurement: This section would provide $140.1 billion for procurement, a decrease of $0.2 billion from the prior year. It would provide funding for major aviation, shipbuilding, and force protection programs in the following amounts:

  • $9.3 billion for 91 F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

  • $2.7 billion for 15 KC-46 tankers.

  • $1.7 billion for 24 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft.

  • $22.3 billion for procuring nine Navy ships, including two DDG-51 guided missile destroyers, the initial Columbia class submarine, two SSN-774 attack submarines, one Frigate, one LPD-17 Flight II, and two towing, salvage, and rescue ships.

  • $1.16 billion to upgrade 259 Stryker combat vehicles.

  • $1.02 billion to upgrade 89 Abrams tanks.

Missile Defense / Space:

  • $933 million to procure three National Security Space Launch services.

  • $623 million to procure two GPS IIIF spacecraft.

  • $300 million to support Israeli Cooperative procurement programs (Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow).

Miscellaneous:

  • $3.51 billion for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA).

  • $2.8 billion to fund the development of the Air Force’s B-21 bomber program.

  • $811 million to fund the Army’s Long Range Hypersonic Weapon.

  • $801 million to fund the development of the VC-25B Presidential Aircraft Replacement.

  • $758 million to mitigate the impacts of COVID on suppliers in the Defense Industrial Base.

ENERGY & WATER DEVELOPMENT

This section would provide $49.6 billion in energy & water development programs, an increase of $1.26 billion (or 3%) from the prior year. 

Nuclear Security: $18 billion would be provided for nuclear security programs, an increase of $1.3 billion from the prior year. Nuclear weapons activities would total $13.7 billion, representing an increase of $1.2 billion from the prior year.

Environmental Cleanup: $7.46 billion would be provided for nuclear cleanup work at 16 sites across the country.

Additionally, this section would provide:

  • $7.63 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, plus $17 billion in emergency funding to accelerate projects;

  • $7.05 billion for the DOE Office of Science, funding basic science research in physics, biology, chemistry, and other science disciplines;

  • $1.65 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation

Emergency Appropriations: This bill would also provide an extra $23.5 billion in emergency funding for DOE energy infrastructure modernization for a clean energy future. Of the total, $7.78 billion would go to energy efficiency & renewable energy programs, $6.25 billion for construction projects at national laboratories and $3.35 billion for electric grid resilience & reliability.

FINANCIAL SERVICES & GENERAL GOVERNMENT

This section would provide $24.64 billion in annual discretionary funding, an increase of $808 million from the prior year. It would also provide $61 billion in emergency funding for broadband infrastructure & $6 billion for federal building modernization.

Treasury Dept.: A total of $13.66 billion in annual discretionary funding would be provided, an increase of $601.4 million above the prior year. Of the total, $12.1 billion would go to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Judiciary: A total of $7.8 billion in discretionary funding would be provided, an increase of $287 million from the prior year. This section of the bill would extend certain temporary federal judgeships.

Small Business Administration (SBA): $939.4 million would be provided for SBA, including increased funding for entrepreneurial development programs.

General Services Administration (GSA): This section would allow the GSA to spend $9.1 billion from the Federal Buildings Fund, of which $6 billion would be used for land port of entry modernization, construction, repairs & alterations to federal buildings, and administrative support for portfolio management.

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC): $1.92 billion would be provided, an increase of $105 million from the prior year, for salaries & expenses and moving costs associated with the SEC’s headquarters & San Francisco regional offices.

District of Columbia: A total of $762.1 million would be provided, an increase of $47.8 million from the prior year. This section would also eliminate bans on the use of local funds for abortion services, legal marijuana, or needle exchange programs.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): $341 million, an increase of $10 million from the prior year, would be provided for antitrust & consumer protection work.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC): $376.1 million, an increase of $37.1 million, in annual appropriations would be provided. It would also receive $61 billion in emergency funding for the FCC to expand broadband in unserved areas.

Miscellaneous: This section would:

  • Allow DACA recipients to work in federal jobs.

  • Block the FTC & FCC from implementing an executive order on social media platforms prior to Congress completing its work in that area.

  • Prohibit the use of funds from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund for the construction of the border wall.

HOMELAND SECURITY

This section would provide $50.72 billion in discretionary FY2021 funding, including $48.1 billion in non-defense discretionary funding, $2.6 billion in defense funding, and $5.1 billion for disaster relief. 

Customs & Border Protection (CBP): $14.6 billion in discretionary FY2021 funding, a decrease of $75.1 million from the prior year. Of the total, $172 million would go to hiring for 1,150 new positions (including 850 CBP officers). Additionally, this section would prohibit the use of funds for additional Border Patrol Agents or the construction of border barriers.

Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE): $7.41 billion in funding for ICE, a decrease of $673.8 million from the prior year, of which $3.31 billion would be for enforcement & removal operations (a decrease of $1.12 billion from FY2020). It would fund an average daily detention population of 22,000 single adults in detention (with 12,000 unavailable during the pandemic) along with the phaseout of family detention by the end of 2020.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA): $8.1 billion would be provided for TSA, an increase of $297.9 million from the prior year. 

Coast Guard: $12.8 billion would be provided for the Coast Guard, an increase of $850.7 million from the prior year.

U.S. Secret Service: $2.4 billion would be provided, an increase of $17 million from the prior year.

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): $2.25 billion for CISA, an increase of $239.1 million from the prior year.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): $10.8 billion would be provided, a decrease of $11.7 billion from the prior year. The Disaster Relief Fund would receive $5.65 billion, a decrease of $12.2 billion from the prior year.

LABOR, HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES (HHS): This section would provide $96.4 billion in FY2021 discretionary funding for HHS, an increase of $5.5 billion from the prior year.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): The NIH would receive $47 billion, an increase of $5.5 billion, including: 

  • $5 billion in emergency appropriations to improve capacity at research institutions;

  • $3.1 billion for HIV/AIDS research;

  • $2.9 billion for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research;

  • $240 million for Universal Flu Vaccine Research;

  • $25 million for firearm injury and mortality prevention research.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): $8 billion in annual discretionary funding would be provided, an increase of $232 million from the prior year. An additional $9 billion in emergency discretionary appropriations would be provided to address readiness for public health emergencies. Specifically, it would provide:

  • $5 billion to deposit in a permanent Public Health Emergency Fund that would facilitate a quick response by HHS to public health threats;

  • $4 billion for enhanced public health prevention efforts, including a flu vaccination campaign;

  • $2 billion for Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreements to increase state & local public health emergency response capabilities;

  • $1 billion for state & local public health laboratories;

  • $1 billion for global public health preparedness and response capacity;

  • $240 million to address tobacco & e-cigarettes; and

  • $50 million to modernize public health data surveillance & analytics at CDC, state & local health departments, and the National Center for Health Statistics.

DEPT OF EDUCATION (ED): This section would provide a total of $73.5 billion in discretionary funding for ED, an increase of $716 million above the prior year, including:

  • Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies: $16.6 billion, an increase of $254 million.

  • Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants: $1.2 billion would be provided.

  • IDEA Grants to States: $14.1 billion would be provided for special education grants to states, an increase of $208 million from the prior year

  • Pell Grants would be funded at a maximum of $6,495  -- an increase of $150 from the prior year to keep pace with inflation.

DEPT. OF LABOR: This section would provide a total $12.7 billion in discretionary appropriations for FY2021, an increase of $254 million from the prior year. It would include:

  • $10.2 billion the Employment Training Administration’s job training programs, which includes $2.9 billion for Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act state grants.

  • $1.76 billion for Jobs Corps;

  • $1.7 billion for Worker Protection Agencies.

TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT

This section of the bill would provide a total of $75.9 billion in discretionary FY2021 funding for the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, an increase of $1.7 billion from the prior year. It would also authorize $78.7 billion in budgetary resources for surface transportation programs, and an additional $75 billion in emergency appropriations.

Dept. of Transportation (DOT): This section would provide $107.2 billion in funding & user fees to fund transportation safety agencies and related infrastructure investments

  • $1 billion for TIGER / BUILD grants;

  • $62.9 billion for the Federal Highway Administration;

  • $18.1 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration;

  • $3 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration;

  • $18.9 billion for the Federal Transit Administration; and

  • $1.3 billion for the National Highway Safety Administration.

Housing & Urban Development (HUD): This section would provide $50.6 billion in discretionary funding for HUD, an increase of $1.5 billion from the prior year. Increases would be targeted toward continuing assistance for elderly & disabled beneficiaries of rental assistance programs. HUD’s rental assistance programs would receive the following amounts:

  • $25.7 billion for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance through Section 8;

  • $13.4 billion for Project-based Section 8; and

  • $9.1 billion for HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development.

AMENDMENTS

  • The Justice Dept. would be prohibited from interfering with state & tribal cannabis programs, including those administered by the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

  • The Justice Dept. would also be prohibited from using federal funds for litigation that undermines the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).

Impact

Agencies funded under the following appropriations categories: Defense; Labor-Health and Human Services-Education; Energy-Water Development; Commerce-Justice-Science; Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA; Interior-Environment; Homeland Security; and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 7617

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthThe seven individual appropriations bills that comprise this minibus spending package passed the House Appropriations Committee on the following votes:


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AKA

Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2021

Official Title

Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, and for other purposes.

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  • Not enacted
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  • The house Passed July 31st, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 217 Yea / 197 Nay
    IntroducedJuly 16th, 2020

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    We need to keep the government funded while we await removing trump and his friends from the White House and Congress.
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    Where is funding for the Post Office and for elections? No funding for Homeland Security or Border Patrol after their ILLEGAL and CRIMINAL actions against us in Portland and Seattle.
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    This bill is full of pork and BS. To many things wrong to list. Absolutely not. No. No. No. Just look at the defense section! It’s absurd! THE F35 DOSN’T EVEN WORK!! WHY ARE WE BUYING THEM?!?!?
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    Pork pork pork one close look at this mini bus and you can see we are once again prioritizing the military over the healthcare and education of the citizens. There is no way I would support this. The CDC gets a pittance of an increase but DHS gets billions. DOD Billions, Education millions Infrastructure nada, Department of Emergency Management nada, NOAA nothing NASA not much... I really don’t see what’s worth defending anymore with Trump at the helm.
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    I vote maybe. This bill is for 2021, so there's nothing in this to help with what we're experiencing today. I want our government to ONLY take action on what is needed TODAY. Yeah - budget trillions for next year and divvy it out under the new administration; there is no need to place the funds into the buckets now. We need the CARES ACT - SNAP - Unemployment - $1200 to $2000 per month to every person holding a valid drivers licence or state ID, national standardized on-line curriculum, PC/notebook/iPad to students in need of one, WiFi or cable to households that need it, in-service training for teachers; remove the ridiculous retirement 60 yr into the future package the post office must adhere to and fund states who currently do not have standard mail-in voting. THE PANDEMIC NEEDS TO BE UNDER CONTROL IN ORDER FOR THE ECONOMY TO PICK UP. To say this another way, our workforce is the foundation of the economy - comparing this foundation to that of a building's foundation: buildings crumble with a weak foundation and we watched our economy crumble as our workforce became infected. STOP TRYING TO DO THIS BACKWARDS!
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    COVID-19 HEROES legislation should be the number 1 priority. Until there is money for unemployment, SNAP, small business less than 100 employees only, state and local governments for 1st responders and education, healthcare workers, stop work on funding Department of Defense & National Law Enforcement, and appoints of judges & other positions etc. Putting COVID-19 relief 1st is how to prioritize! Stopping other activity is how to create leverage to get this done.
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    Fumbled bundle...no!!!
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    Split it up so we can understand it all and separate out all the pork.
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    This is RIDICULOUS, I cannot believe how inept our politicians are!! There is so much extra crap in this bill—a NEW FBI Bldg in the MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC & crazy unrest?! Is the building falling down?!? I CALL BULLSH**!! The way this crap is written, WE THE PEOPLE will get NO HELP AT ALL!! EVERY Senator, Representative, Congressperson SHOULD put PRESSURE ON their Governors TO OPEN UP the Economy! Call it with the media, PULL ALL funding & commercials, bankrupt THEM (MSM) INSTEAD OF US!! All I see is panic, stupidity & a MAJOR lack of common sense! This is NOT the 1st pandemic that the world, or the U.S., has seen & it will NOT BE THE LAST. COVID is NOT more dangerous/deadly then the FLU! Contagious, Yes, deadly—NOPE! Social distancing & common sense precautions, which everyone is ALREADY DOING while OPEN, the economy could reopen quickly, easily& to the benefit of EVERYONE...at least everyone who ISN’T trying to DESTROY the USA. So disgusted with our politicians & their ability to ACTUALLY do ANYTHING to the BENEFIT of Americans is PATHETIC. So tired of the hypocritical, inept, lying, cheating, stealing people trying to run the country. They arr aces at Destroying, but NOT FIXING.
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    Stop combining bill categories.
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    Money needs to be going to people in need.
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    Deal with the out of control pandemic first not more give aways to huge corporations. Americans and small businesses are struggling. It’s is pathetic the Senate is not acting as we ha no National leadership.
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    I know people who love trump and people who hate trump but the one thing we all agree on is term limits. There limits are the only thing that’s going to save this country from disaster it’s headed for. If we don’t take our government back from the power hungry greedy politicians we are never going to get anywhere. We should unite behind the one thing we agree on and demand term limits. No more career politicians That was never what the founding fathers envisioned.
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    Enough of the bloated pork barrel bills.
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    There's enough pork in this bill to keep a packing house busy for the next 2-4 years or longer. It would be interesting, and telling, to see which Senatorial and House districts stand to benefit the most from this package. That information alone would provide critical data on the targeting and political biases of the spending proposed in this legislation. Then again, what's the point of the bill at all. Trump just needs to sign an Executive Order to determine how the budget is to be allocated and spent.
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    30 million people went hungry last week, in the greatest country in the world, while our president sent in storm troopers to protect buildings and statues! Just sad!
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    Peter Welch. Why did you vote for this? The Pentagon and military do not need this much allocations. They need to shop and buy like the average American! Years ago it was disclosed that they paid around $500 for a Mr. Coffee. I am tired of the escalating budgets. That Jet fighter is a flop! Shame on you
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    What a disaster. I can’t believe we’re actually normalizing working in Trillions! When inflation goes through the roof, don’t say I didn’t warn you. (Also, watch how wealthy your representative will be soon)
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    Need to have clear delineation of what this bill includes.
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    This bill is an insult! So much crap in it! Where is funding for the Post Office? Where is the funding for the Elections? Why isnt funding for Homeland Security and Border Patrol eliminated for their ILLEGAL and CRIMINAL actions against citizens in Portland and Seattle? The mess must be broken up.
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