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House and Senate Appropriations Committees file FY 2014 Omnibus

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees filed a FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill that incorporates all 12 annual appropriations bills and would implement the budget agreement reached last year by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA). The $1.012 trillion bill would partially undo sequestration for FY 2014: it provides a $25 billion (2.5%) increase over FY 2013 discretionary spending and is $45 billion (4.6%) above the House FY 2014 discretionary spending cap but $46 billion (4.3%) less than the Senate FY 2014 discretionary spending cap.

As our updated Funding Chart shows, these broad numbers generally translate into level funding or small increases for most programs of interest to local governments. Highlights include:

• $210 million for Economic Development Administration Public Works Grants, a $33 million (18.6%) increase over FY 2013;

• $90 million for Brownfields, the same as FY 2013;-$600 million for Urban Area Security Initiative, a $125 million (26.3%) increase over FY 2013;

• $340 million for Assistance to Firefighters Grants, a $19 million (5.9%) increase over FY 2013;

• $340 million for SAFER Firefighter Hiring Grants, a $19 million (5.9%) increase over FY 2013;

• $3.03 billion for CDBG, a $116 million (3.9%) increase over FY 2013;-$1 billion for HOME, a $53 million (5.5%) increase over FY 2013;

• $376 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Formula Grants, a $4 million (1%) increase over FY 2013,and

• $600 million for TIGER Transportation Grants, a $125 million (26.3%) increase over FY 2013.

Please note that our FY 2013 figure reflect sequestration, which imposed an across-the-board cut of 5.1% on all non-Defense discretionary spending
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