National Budget Update


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HOT NEWS! FY 2011 Funding Update

Today, the Senate voted on two budget bills to fund the federal government through the remainder of FY 2011.  First, the Senate voted on the House-passed bill (H.R. 1) that would have cut $39 million from the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and $1 billion from Head Start.  The Senate failed to pass H.R. 1 by a vote of 44-56.  The Senate then voted on their alternative to H.R. 1 (Senate Amendment 149) that would have increased funding for CCDBG by $300 million and Head Start by $340 million.  The Senate alternative also failed by a vote of 42-58.

 Negotiations continue between the House and Senate on funding for federal programs for the remainder of FY 2011.  It is possible that another short-term continuing resolution (CR) will need to be passed if a compromise is not reached by March 18 when the current short-term CR expires.  Most federal programs are continuing to be funded at their current FY 2010 funding levels.  The CR also included federal spending cuts of $4 billion.  We will update you as we learn more.

 

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