Congress Adopts FY11 Spending Package, Debate Turns to FY12 >>

April 18th, 2011

Congress Adopts FY11 Spending Package, Debate Turns to FY12

As reported previously on April 8, 2011, Congress agreed in principle on FY11 funding levels, avoiding a government shutdown. Congress spent this past week ironing out the details of the agreement that funds the government through the remainder of FY11 (September 30, 2011). On Thursday, April 14, 2011, the House and Senate voted in favor of H.R. 1473, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, which will now go to President Obama today. He is expected to sign the measure. The House voted in favor of H.R. 1473 by a vote of 260-167 (59 Republicans and 108 Democrats opposed the bill). The bill received broader support in the Senate, easily passing by a vote of 81-19.

The bill cuts $39.9 billion from FY10 spending levels. Thanks in large part to the work of House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Ranking Member Jim Moran (D-VA), tribal programs at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service avoided specific cuts, but were subject to the 0.2% across the board cuts that all federal programs received.

Now that the FY11 spending package will be enacted into law, the national spending debate turns to FY12. Today (April 15th), the House is set to vote on the FY12 budget, which sets spending allocations for the various appropriations subcommittees to follow. The “Path to Prosperity,” released by Paul Ryan (R-WI), proposes cuts of at least $5 trillion dollars of spending over the next decade by reforming Medicaid to become a block grant program, reconfiguring Medicare to be a voucher program, defunding health care reform, and reducing taxes.

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