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12 Oct, 7 tweets, 9 min read
The Texas House Appropriations Committee is considering $16B+ ARPA spending bill this AM. Chair @DrGregBonnen says they'll advance today a committee substitute of #SB8 w/the House's own proposal, #HB145, which was heard last week in cmte. #txlege #txbudget
House Appropriations Cmte is also considering smaller ARPA appropriation bills on Article II (HHS), #HB161 & Article III (#txed) #HB160. #txlege #txbudget
The House committee substitute for $16B+ ARPA spending bill #SB8 is adopted unanimously, 25 ayes & 2 absences, by the House Appropriations Committee. #txlege #txbudget
To clarify, Article II (HHS) appropriation items that were in #HB145/#SB8 is not in the cmte substitute as adopted, but now in the smaller bill #HB161. Same is true for Article III (#txed/#txhighered) appropriation items, which is now in the smaller bill #HB160. #txlege #txbudget
The $2.02B ARPA spending bill for #txhighered & TRS CARE COVID gap, #HB160, is adopted by House Appropriations Cmte by a vote of 23Y/3N (Schaefer, Toth, Ja. Johnson) & 1 absence. #txlege #txbudget #txed
The $2.6B ARPA spending bill for Health & Human Services, #HB161, is adopted by House Appropriations Cmte by a vote of 26 ayes & 1 absence. #txlege #txbudget capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/873/bi…
Will update what the final appropriation amounts are in these 3 bills (#SB8 House Cmte Sub, #HB160, #HB161) when the text is out on TLO. #txlege #txbudget

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12 Oct
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