Action Alert from NACCRRA: FY2012 Budget


NACCRRA  urges you to take action and contact your congress members about the spending cuts proposed in the House Budget for fiscal year 2012. Below is an email sent out by NACCRRA with additional detail and links to the budget and the NACCRRA action center.

April 12, 2011
  
Details of the Final FY 2011 Funding Revealed; and
House FY 2012 Budget Vote this Week – We Need You To Take Action!
 
We want to update you on what’s happening here in Washington, D.C.   First, an agreement was reached on the final FY 2011 federal funding levels (to fund the government through the remainder of the fiscal year).  Congress is expected to vote on Thursday (April 14).  Below you will find more details on the final continuing resolution.  Secondly, the House Budget Committee has revealed its budget proposal for FY 2012 (the fiscal year beginning in October).  If passed by the full House, the proposal would serve as a blueprint or guide for funding federal programs for FY 2012.  While the funding fights appear to be over for FY 2011, they are just beginning for FY 2012.  Details of the House Budget Committee’s FY 2012 budget proposal are below. The House is expected to vote Friday and we need you to take action!


FY 2011 Funding
Congress and the President reached agreement on a final FY 2011 Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the entire federal government until September 30, 2011.  The final CR provides a total of $1.049 trillion in funding, cuts nearly $40 billion (including $12 billion in reductions from previously approved CRs), provides funding for national defense, and prevented a federal government shutdown.  
 
The CR provides funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (which funds child care and Head Start) at a total of $157.7 billion.  This amount represents a 3.36 percent (or about $5.5 billion) funding reduction from FY 2010 enacted levels and nearly $13 billion below the President’s FY 2011 request.  However, while the CR cuts funding overall, funds for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Head Start were slightly increased.  Specifically, CCDBG was increased by $100 million for a total of $2.227 billion.  Head Start was increased by about $340 million for a total of $7.574 billion.  In addition, the CR includes $700 million for the President’s “Race to the Top” program, including a new initiative to improve the quality of state early childhood care and education.
 
The CR is expected to pass the House and Senate and be signed by the President by the end of the week.  Additional information, including legislative text can be found here: http://appropriations.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=285 and here: http://appropriations.senate.gov/news.cfm?method=news.view&id=5ba835d4-e8d4-47a4-bd13-950f99790f67
 
House FY 2012 Budget Proposal
As noted in Friday’s Breaking News Capitol Connection, the House Budget Committee released its budget proposal for FY 2012 (which begins in October).   The House is expected to vote this week.  As you may recall, the budget proposal is referred to as a budget resolution and it does not become law.  Instead, if agreed to by the House and the Senate, it would be used as a budget blueprint for next year – a guideline setting overall spending targets, deficit reduction targets, revenue collection targets, etc.  For this reason, the House budget resolution or “blueprint” is very important because if agreed to, committees in Congress would use it to determine funding levels for federal programs for next year. 
The House budget resolution proposes large cuts in discretionary spending over several years.  Overall, the proposed resolution cuts $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next ten years compared to the President’s FY 2012 budget.  The resolution also eliminates hundreds of programs, continues the ban on earmarks, and aims to bring non-security discretionary spending to below FY 2008 levels – subjecting early childhood programs (among other categories of spending from health care to education) to be drastically cut.  The House Budget Committee passed the proposal 22-16 on April 6.  The full House is expected to vote on the proposal by this Friday.   To review the House budget proposal in detail, click here: http://budget.house.gov/fy2012budget/
 
Take Action! 
The House of Representatives will vote on the House budget proposal this week.  It is important that House Members hear from you as soon as possible.  Ask them to oppose the House budget proposal which cuts funding for programs helping families with children (like child care and education).  Tell them that you oppose tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.  Now is not the time for $700 billion more in tax cuts, which would be paid for by cutting children’s health care, family food assistance, and early childhood programs. Click here to send a letter today.
 
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Grace Reef at grace.reef@naccrra.org or Pam Davidson at pamela.davidson@naccrra.org. The budget situation is complicated.  But it is important that Members of Congress continue to hear from our community.
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