Cyclopedia of Congressional Budget Law

Subcommittee Allocation


The term subcommittee allocations means an amount of budget authority and outlays provided to each subcommittee of the Appropriations Subcommittees of the House and Senate by their respective full Committees. These are provided under the requirements of section 302(b) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, and are divisions of the amount of budget authority provided to the Appropriations Committees by the annual Concurrent Resolution on the Budget. 

As initially established, the CBA provided these suballocations for each committee, not just the Committees on Appropriations, but that practice was discontinued by theBalanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985. 


GAO Glossary of Terms and Definition (September 2005)

Subcommittee Allocation

As required bsection 302(b) of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (2 U.S.C. § 633(b)), the distribution of spending authority and outlays by the appropriations committees of each house of Congress to their relevant appropriations subcommittees of jurisdiction based on the levels contained in the concurrent resolution on the budget.

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