Agriculture and Energy Update – Special Edition on the President’s FY2013 Budget Request 

A Federal Information Service of the NCSL Standing Committee on Agriculture and Energy


From the White House

On February 13, President Obama released his FY 2013 budget request, which marks the beginning of the annual budget and appropriations process.  By the end of March, House Republicans intend to move a FY 2013 budget resolution that will likely reflect either the $1.047 trillion discretionary spending cap set in the Budget Control Act (BCA) or a cap of $1.028 trillion, the same amount the House used for their FY 2012 budget resolution and $15 billion less than current spending levels.   The Senate Democratic leader announced that there will not be a floor vote on a FY 2013 budget resolution because spending targets enacted in last year’s Budget Control Act ($1.047 trillion) will guide appropriations decisions. The President’s FY 2013 budget requests the following: 

  • Department of Energy (DOE) $27.2 billion - $856 million (3.2 percent) more than the level enacted for FY 2012. The budget request seeks to offset these increases by cutting tax incentives to the oil and gas industries.  
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) $8.3 billion - $105 million (1.3 percent) less than the level enacted in FY 2012. 
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) $154.7 billion - $7.1 billion more than the level enacted in FY 2012. $23 billion in discretionary funding - $700 million (3 percent) less than the level enacted for FY 2012. The Administration aims to reduce mandatory “farm bill” spending by $32 billion over the next decade by eliminating direct farm payments, reducing subsidies to crop insurance companies, streamlining programs, and closing offices.

 

From the Department of Energy (DOE) 

FY 2013 Budget Request for DOE - $27.2 billion ($856 million, or a 3.2 percent increase, as compared to FY 2012) 

The President’s FY 2013 budget request for the Department of Energy maintains his focus on strong investments in clean and renewable energy development and a move from traditional fossil fuel energy programs.  

For more information regarding the President’s FY 2013 Budget Request for DOE, please review the following: 

DOE Budget Request - http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/doe.pdf

 

From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 

FY 2013 Budget Request for EPA - $8.3 billion ($104.9 million, a 1.2 percent decrease, as compared to FY 2012) 

This would be the third year of decreased funding for the agency – with $50 million in proposed savings due to the elimination of EPA programs that have completed their goal or can be accomplished through continued partnerships with the states. EPA would also see decreased funding for climate and air regulation – under the President’s budget request that cuts funding for these activities to $473 million. 

For more information regarding the President’s FY 2013 Budget Request for EPA, please review the following: 

EPA Budget - http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/epa.pdf

EPA Budget in Brief - http://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/annualplan/FY2013_BIB.pdf

 

From the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

FY 2013 Budget Request for USDA - $154.7 billion ($7.1 billion, or a 4.6 percent increase, as compared to FY 2012) 

The President’s FY 2013 budget seeks to reduce the discretionary spending for USDA by $32 billion over the next decade by eliminating direct farm payments, reducing subsidies to crop insurance companies, streamlining programs, and closing offices. Since FY 2010, USDA funding levels have fallen 12 percent as the department continues to modernize and streamline key programs. The Administration requested $827 million in discretionary conservation program funding – a decrease from the FY 2011($898 million) and FY 2012 ($851 million) enacted levels. 

For more information regarding the President’s FY 2013 Budget Request for USDA, please review the following: 

USDA Budget Request - http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/agr.pdf 

From the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)*

*This update includes the Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) budget request. LIHEAP, in conjunction with the Weatherization Assistance Program, represents the cornerstone of the federal and state partnership to administer public energy assistance. 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) - $3 billion ($452 million decrease, as compared to FY 2012) 

There are $2.8 billion in base grants and $200 million in contingency funds. 

 

Additional Materials 

NCSL Agriculture, Energy, and Environment Highlights from the President’s Budget – This document highlights the President’s budget request for the USDA, DOE, EPA, and the Department of the Interior. For more information on the President’s FY 2013 budget request, click here. 

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Overview Page - http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Overview/