The appropriations status describes the status of the budget for the current fiscal year.

302(a) Allocation and Labor-HHS-Education 302(b) Suballocation ($ billions)

Fiscal Year
House 302(b)
Senate 302(b)
Note: Allocations exclude emergency funding and other upward adjustments.

*Figures reflect limits proposed in each chamber that were eventually bypassed. Enacted funding totaled $156.7 billion.

For fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014, the 302(a) figures reflect the appropriations limit in the 2011 Budget Control Act. However, the House adopted a budget resolution for 2012 with a total allocation of $1.019 trillion and for 2013 of $1.028 trillion.

Sources: Congressional Budget Resolutions; CBO; New America Foundation


March 13, 2013: The House Budget Committee marks up a budget resolution from House Budget committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI). The Committee passes the budget resolution, which totals $966 billion in discretionary spending and complies with the limit set by the Budget Control Act.

March 14, 2013: The Senate Budget Committee marks up and passes a budget resolution from Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA). The budget totals $1.058 trillion in discretionary spending, well over the $966 billion limit set by the Budget Control Act.

March 21, 2013: The full House votes to approve the Ryan budget resolution.

March 23, 2013: The full Senate votes to pass the Democratic budget proposal from Sen. Murray.

April 10, 2013: President Obama releases his fiscal year 2014 budget request, two months after the statutory deadline. The budget totals $1.057 trillion in discretionary funding and exceeds the overall spending cap set by the Budget Control Act. It would provide $71.2 billion to the U.S. Department of Education.

April 10, 2013: Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Mikuslki (D-MD) states her intention to write funding bills that exceed the discretionary spending limit set by the Budget Control Act.

July 9, 2013: The Senate Labor-Health & Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee votes to approve a fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill. The bill would restore much of the funding cut from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the sequester.

July 11, 2013: The full Senate Appropriations Committee votes to approve the Labor-Health & Human Services-Education Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014.

July 25, 2013: The House Appropriations Committee postpones indefinitely a markup of the Labor-Health & Human Services-Education Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014. Media reports cite dissent among House Republican lawmakers over the severity of the cuts as the reason for the delay.

September 20, 2013: The House of Representatives votes to approve a continuing resolution that would temporarily fund the government through December 15 and delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for one year.

September 27, 2013: Following a 21-hour speech by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the Senate votes to approve a continuing resolution that will fund the government until November 15, including full funding for the Affordable Care Act.

September 30, 2013: House and Senate lawmakers continue to vote on continuing resolutions, volleying the bill back and forth between chambers twice, but without agreement. Both bills would continue funding at the rate of fiscal year 2013 post-sequester levels, but the House remains committed to delaying the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, while the Senate remains committed to upholding the law as-is.

October 1, 2013: At midnight, with no resolution in place, the White House Office of Management and Budget officially orders federal agencies to implement shutdown plans.

October 16, 2013: Congress approves a continuing resolution that funds the government at fiscal year 2013 post-sequester levels through January 15, 2014, the time at which sequestration is scheduled to occur. The bill also lifts the debt ceiling through February 7, 2014, and establishes a budget conference committee that will seek to find agreement on a long-term budget plan by mid-December.

October 17, 2013: President Obama signs into law the continuing resolution and debt ceiling increase approved by Congress. The federal government officially reopens after a 16-day shutdown.