Congress Update


House Budget Vote
On January 25, the House passed a resolution, H. Res. 38, requiring the House Budget Committee to set non-security budget allocation levels for the remainder of FY 2011 at FY 2008 spending levels or less.  This vote is significant in that it will set the spending amounts in the House for all discretionary (non-security) programs, including CCDBG and Head Start.  The resolution passed 256-165.  Please also see Appropriations Update below.  This measure is an internal spending guide for the House of Representatives only. 
U.S. Senate
Senate Budget Committee Hearing
The  Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on January 27 to discuss the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) Economic and Budget Outlook for FY 2011 and 2012.  The committee heard from CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf,  who discussed the new federal deficit estimates that could exceed $1 trillion a year, continuing through at least 2012.  The hearing also focused on the long-term economic outlook.  Additional information on the hearing can be found here: http://budget.senate.gov/democratic/ and http://budget.senate.gov/republican/Hearings.html
Appropriations Update
The House announced that it will vote on the next continuing resolution (CR) the week of February 14.  No specific details of the CR have been revealed.  However, as noted above, the House passed a resolution setting the FY 2011 spending levels at FY 2008 levels or less.  It is unclear what the Senate will do on any CR or on spending levels.  The federal government is currently operating on a CR that expires on March 4.  We will update you as we learn more.
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