In June, the House of Representatives adopted the fiscal 2009 budget resolution conference report by a 214-210 vote. Because it is just a resolution, it is not sent to the president. Budget resolutions serve as a spending guide for the appropriations process by allocating the amount of money each appropriations subcommittee will have to spend. The budget resolution calls for nearly $25 billion in additional discretionary spending. House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-SC) said of the resolution: “Our conference agreement charts a new course. It returns the budget to balance, reaching a surplus of $22 billion in 2012 and staying in surplus thorough 2013. This budget adheres to pay-as-you-go, and also embraces middle-income tax cuts. And our budget supports investment not just in education, but in research, development, science, and innovation, through NIH and NSF and other entities, by providing substantially more than the President requested.”


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