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R44653 – Overview of Continuing Appropriations for FY2017 (H.R. 5325) – 10/13/2016

R44653 – Overview of Continuing Appropriations for FY2017 (H.R. 5325) – 10/13/2016 published on

Author: James V. Saturno Coordinator Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process
Pages: 24

The purpose of this report is to provide an analysis of the continuing appropriations provisions for FY2017 in H.R. 5325. The measure also included provisions covering appropriations in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill for all of FY2017 (Division A), as well as emergency funds to combat the Zika virus and provide relief for flood victims in Louisiana and other affected states (Division B). On September 29, 2016, the President signed H.R. 5325 into law (P.L. 114-223).

R44653 – Overview of Continuing Appropriations for FY2017 (H.R. 5325) – 10/13/2016

R44653 – Overview of Continuing Appropriations for FY2017 (H.R. 5325) – 10/13/2016 published on

Author: James V. Saturno Coordinator Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process
Pages: 24

The purpose of this report is to provide an analysis of the continuing appropriations provisions for FY2017 in H.R. 5325. The measure also included provisions covering appropriations in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill for all of FY2017 (Division A), as well as emergency funds to combat the Zika virus and provide relief for flood victims in Louisiana and other affected states (Division B). On September 29, 2016, the President signed H.R. 5325 into law (P.L. 114-223).

R44647 – U.S. Foreign Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean: Trends and FY2017 Appropriations – 10/6/2016

R44647 – U.S. Foreign Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean: Trends and FY2017 Appropriations – 10/6/2016 published on

Author: Peter J. Meyer Analyst in Latin American Affairs
Pages: 22

This report provides an overview of U.S. assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean. It analyzes historical and recent trends in aid to the region, the Obama Administration’s FY2017 request for aid administered by the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and legislative developments on FY2017 foreign aid appropriations. It also examines policy issues Congress may opt to consider, including the benefits and drawbacks of conditioning aid, the role of the Department of Defense in providing security assistance, and the potential for trilateral cooperation in the region. Bills: H.R. 719, H.R. 4909

R44647 – U.S. Foreign Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean: Trends and FY2017 Appropriations – 10/6/2016

R44647 – U.S. Foreign Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean: Trends and FY2017 Appropriations – 10/6/2016 published on

Author: Peter J. Meyer Analyst in Latin American Affairs
Pages: 22

This report provides an overview of U.S. assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean. It analyzes historical and recent trends in aid to the region, the Obama Administration’s FY2017 request for aid administered by the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and legislative developments on FY2017 foreign aid appropriations. It also examines policy issues Congress may opt to consider, including the benefits and drawbacks of conditioning aid, the role of the Department of Defense in providing security assistance, and the potential for trilateral cooperation in the region. Bills: H.R. 719, H.R. 4909

R44645 – Social Security Administration (SSA): FY2017 Appropriations and Recent Trends – 10/5/2016

R44645 – Social Security Administration (SSA): FY2017 Appropriations and Recent Trends – 10/5/2016 published on

Author: William R. Morton, Analyst in Income Security
Pages: 28

This report provides background on mandatory spending for SSA’s programs but its focus is on annual discretionary appropriations for SSA’s administrative activities. It begins with a brief description of SSA’s programs and then examines the agency’s projected spending on benefit payments and operating costs in FY2017. Next, it provides an overview of the FY2017 President’s budget request for all of SSA’s accounts, the FY2017 Commissioner’s budget request for the agency’s administrative accounts, and major congressional actions on SSA’s appropriations for FY2017. Lastly, the report examines trends in the budget request and the appropriation for the limitation on administrative expenses (LAE) as well as how changes in the composition of the LAE appropriation have affected agency workloads. Most of the data presented in this report can be found in SSA’s FY2017 budget justification to Congress, which is available at https://www.ssa.gov/budget/.

RS20906 – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Appropriations Process: A Brief Explanation – 10/5/2016

RS20906 – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Appropriations Process: A Brief Explanation – 10/5/2016 published on

Author: Glenn J. McLoughlin, Section Research Manager
Pages: 7

Traditionally, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was funded primarily with taxpayer revenues through annual appropriations legislation. In 1980, P.L. 96-517 created within the U.S. Treasury a “Patent and Trademark Office Appropriations Account” and mandated that all fees collected be credited to this account. Subsequently, in 1982, Congress significantly increased the fees charged to customers for the application and maintenance of patents and trademarks to pay the costs associated with the administration of such activities. (Note that fee levels were established by Congress.) Funds generated by the fees were considered “offsetting collections” and made available to the USPTO on a dollar-for-dollar basis through the congressional appropriations process. Additional direct appropriations from taxpayer revenues, above the fees collected, were made to support other operating costs.

R44391 – FY2017 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Budget Request: In Brief – 10/5/2016

R44391 – FY2017 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Budget Request: In Brief – 10/5/2016 published on

Author: Susan B. Epstein, Specialist in Foreign Policy; Marian L. Lawson, Specialist in Foreign Assistance Policy; Alex Tiersky, Specialist in Foreign Affairs
Pages: 17

On February 9, 2016, the Obama Administration submitted to Congress its FY2017 budget request that includes $52.78 billion in new budget authority for the State Department, Foreign Operations, and Related Appropriations (SFOPS). Of the total request, $17.05 billion1 is for programs funded through the State operations and related agencies (a 3.6 % increase over FY2016 estimates), and $35.74 billion is for foreign operations (-1.8 % compared with FY2016 estimates that include emergency Ebola funds). This report provides an overview and highlights of the request with an account-by-account comparison of the FY2017 request to the FY2016 estimates and FY2015 actuals in Appendix A. Appendix B provides the International Affairs 150 function funding levels. Bills: H.R. 1314

R44478 – FY2017 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations: Status and Issues – 10/5/2016

R44478 – FY2017 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations: Status and Issues – 10/5/2016 published on

Author: Jessica Tollestrup, Specialist in Social Policy
Pages: 15

This report provides a brief summary of the general scope of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) appropriations bill, congressional action with regard to the FY2017 bill, key issues and controversial topics that have previously arisen for the bill, and a list of additional resources. H.R. 5926, H.R. 940, H.R. 2577, S. 3040

R44645 – Social Security Administration (SSA): FY2017 Appropriations and Recent Trends – 10/5/2016

R44645 – Social Security Administration (SSA): FY2017 Appropriations and Recent Trends – 10/5/2016 published on

Author: William R. Morton, Analyst in Income Security
Pages: 28

This report provides background on mandatory spending for SSA’s programs but its focus is on annual discretionary appropriations for SSA’s administrative activities. It begins with a brief description of SSA’s programs and then examines the agency’s projected spending on benefit payments and operating costs in FY2017. Next, it provides an overview of the FY2017 President’s budget request for all of SSA’s accounts, the FY2017 Commissioner’s budget request for the agency’s administrative accounts, and major congressional actions on SSA’s appropriations for FY2017. Lastly, the report examines trends in the budget request and the appropriation for the limitation on administrative expenses (LAE) as well as how changes in the composition of the LAE appropriation have affected agency workloads. Most of the data presented in this report can be found in SSA’s FY2017 budget justification to Congress, which is available at https://www.ssa.gov/budget/.

R44391 – FY2017 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Budget Request: In Brief – 10/5/2016

R44391 – FY2017 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Budget Request: In Brief – 10/5/2016 published on

Author: Susan B. Epstein, Specialist in Foreign Policy; Marian L. Lawson, Specialist in Foreign Assistance Policy; Alex Tiersky, Specialist in Foreign Affairs
Pages: 17

On February 9, 2016, the Obama Administration submitted to Congress its FY2017 budget request that includes $52.78 billion in new budget authority for the State Department, Foreign Operations, and Related Appropriations (SFOPS). Of the total request, $17.05 billion1 is for programs funded through the State operations and related agencies (a 3.6 % increase over FY2016 estimates), and $35.74 billion is for foreign operations (-1.8 % compared with FY2016 estimates that include emergency Ebola funds). This report provides an overview and highlights of the request with an account-by-account comparison of the FY2017 request to the FY2016 estimates and FY2015 actuals in Appendix A. Appendix B provides the International Affairs 150 function funding levels. Bills: H.R. 1314

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