The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, a FY 2011 Funding Bill

We received an email today  from the National Associtation of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies that we thought might interest you.  It explains what is currently happening in regards to the 2011 National Budget.
Capitol Connection
CCR&Rs’ weekly source for federal child care policy news.
February 22, 2011
Continuing Resolution for FY 2011 (H.R. 1)
On Saturday, the House passed a bill (H.R. 1) to fund federal programs through the remainder of FY 2011. The bill includes federal spending cuts of $61.5 billion ($100 billion in cuts compared to the budget proposed by President Obama last year). Specifically, the bill cuts $39 million from the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and $1 billion from Head Start. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that together, these cuts mean that more than 300,000 children could lose federal assistance. H.R. 1 was considered under an open rule (meaning any Member could offer an amendment). Over 580 amendments were offered and 67 of those were adopted. The bill passed 235-189 and now awaits consideration in the Senate.  
It is unclear at this time how the Senate will proceed. The federal government is currently operating under a continuing resolution (CR) that expires on March 4. If the House and Senate do not reach agreement on spending for FY 2011 by this deadline, then Congress must either pass another short-term CR or shutdown the federal government (temporarily until an agreement is reached).
Take Action!
Let your voice be heard! Tell your Senator that cuts to child care and Head Start funding are not acceptable! Parents need child care to work. We can’t improve the economy without working parents. Click here to send an email to your Senator urging them to support working parents by opposing H.R. 1. Send your email today! Then pass this email on to your family and friends and have them send an email as well.

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