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Winegrape Growers of America – April 29 Policy updates regarding appropriations issues
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In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), President Biden formally requested Congress to provide $33 billion in supplemental funding for Ukraine. This funding request includes over $20 billion for weapons, ammunition, and other military assistance, as well as $8.5 billion in direct economic assistance to the Ukrainian government and $3 billion in humanitarian aid. Congress previously approved $13.6 billion back in March for Ukraine as Russia continued its assault. The new Ukraine funding would be designated as emergency spending. As part of the funding request, Biden called for lawmakers to provide new authorities allowing the administration to seize and sell the assets of wealthy allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Biden also requested that Congress provide the $22.5 billion for COVID-19 he requested back in March, as part of the Ukraine supplemental. Earlier efforts to pass additional Covid funding stalled in the House due to opposition over offset issues that would have drawn back unspent Covid funds from state and local governments. Biden has expressed the need for both Covid and Ukraine funding to move through Congress saying, “I don’t care how they do it…They can do it separately or together, but we need them both.” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) suggested that the Ukraine bill could move without the Covid aid because the Ukraine measure is so urgent. “We will give them all they need,” Hoyer told reporters, referring to Ukraine.
The Appropriations process is moving ahead in the House as Member request deadlines for all 12 subcommittees have now passed, officially closing out the submissions process. In addition to the Appropriations portal closing, the House Appropriations Committee (HAC) and Budget Committee held numerous hearings this week, which include:
HAC subcommittee and full committee markup dates are scheduled:
Subcommittee markup dates:
June 13, Monday
June 14, Tuesday
June 15, Wednesday
June 16, Thursday
June 21, Tuesday
June 22, Wednesday
Full Committee markup dates:
June 22, Wednesday
June 23, Thursday
June 24, Friday
June 28, Tuesday
June 29, Wednesday
June 30, Thursday
The Four Corners of the Appropriations Committee met this week to discuss topline numbers for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23). SAC Vice Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) acknowledged that movement on FY23 could prove challenging during an election year saying, “’It will be difficult to get there before the election…But we can have a lot of things in place and then go from there.”
Earlier this month, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) signaled an agreement for $10 billion in Covid funding relief, but the effort quickly fell apart due to Republican opposition to the Administration’s repeal of Title 42. This pandemic-related restriction allows border authorities to quickly expel migrants for public health purposes. Republicans opposed the consideration of additional Covid funding unless the majority would allow a vote to reinstate the Trump-era policy, effectively sidelining the compromise. This renewed push by the Biden Administration for Covid relief funding is expected to face challenges if a vote on Title 42 does not receive consideration.
The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) Member submission process is underway, with subcommittee deadlines starting next week, which you can find here. SAC also held the following hearings this week:
Below are the final funding summaries for the FY22 omnibus. The bill text for H.R. 2471 can be found here, and the full package summary can be found here. Highlights of the Ukraine supplemental is here, one-pager can be found here, and summary can be found here. The standalone COVID-19 supplemental summary is here and bill text can be found here.
If you have any questions about specific spending levels, bill language, and/or reports, please feel free to reach out to us for more information.