Congress passes Two-Week Continuing Resolution


Received today an update from NACCRRA through the Capital Connections:

Today, Congress passed another continuing resolution (CR) funding federal programs through March 18. The CR (H.J.Res. 44) includes federal spending cuts of $4 billion by terminating eight programs that President Obama labeled as wasteful in his FY 2012 budget request and eliminating certain earmarks. The CR continues funding at current FY 2010 funding levels for another two weeks. H.J.Res 44 passed the House 335-91 and the Senate 91-9. The CR now goes to the President for signature.

The Senate must now continue to work on the House-passed FY 2011 spending bill (H.R. 1) that includes federal spending cuts of $61.5 billion ($100 billion in cuts compared to the budget proposed by President Obama last year). Specifically, H.R. 1 cuts $39 million from the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and $1.083 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.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. It is important to continue to let Congress know that child care is critical for working parents. If you have not contacted your Members of Congress to urge them not to cut child care, click here. Funding for the remainder of the fiscal year is still at stake.

For information on the two-week CR, click here: http://appropriations.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=266.

For information on H.R. 1 (as passed by the House), click here: http://appropriations.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=264.

To view legislative language and amendments on H.R. 1, click here: http://www.rules.house.gov/Legislation/legislationDetails.aspx?NewsID=100.

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