Tracking the 2012 Budget

The appropriations process, in which Congress allocates agency and government spending, is a complicated mix of both procedure and politics.

Here’s how the process normally works:

Government spending is collected into 12 categories. The House Appropriations Committee (which is made up of various subcommittees) drafts and votes on a bill. After it’s passed the committee vote, the legislation then goes to the floor for a vote by the full House.

That process is repeated in the Senate, starting with the Appropriations Committee. However, the House and Senate versions are often not an exact match, so the bills must be reconciled in conference committee.

Finally, when a single spending bill is formulated, it is sent to the president to sign into law.

Track the progress of your agency’s 2012 appropriations bill below:

Appropriations

House Senate Conference

President’s signature

Committee approval House approval Committee approval Senate approval House approval Senate approval
Agriculture
House report
Senate report

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Commerce/ Justice/ Science
House report
Senate report

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Defense
House report
Senate report

X

X

X

X*

X*

X*

X*

Energy & Water
House report
Senate report

X

X

X

X*

X*

X*

X*

Financial Services
House report
Senate report

X

X*

X

X*

X*

X*

X*

Homeland Security
House report
Senate report

X

X

X

X*

X*

X*

X*

Interior & Environment
House report
Senate report

X

X*

X*

X*

X*

X*

X*

Labor/HHS/ Education
House report
Senate report

X*

X*

X

X*

X*

X*

X*

Legislative Branch
House report
Senate report

X

X

X

X*

X*

X*

X*

Miltary/veterans
House report
Senate report

X

X

X

X

X*

X*

X*

State/Foreign Operations
House report (DRAFT)
Senate report

X*

X*

X

X*

X*

X*

X*

Transportation/HUD
House report (DRAFT)
Senate report

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

*Included in the 2012 spending “megabus” bill (part of the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriations bill

Source:
Status of Appropriations Legislation for Fiscal Year 2012, Library of Congress
House Appropriations Committee
Senate Appropriations Committee

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