House Debate Begins Over 2011 Continuing Resolution

by Rebecca Farley on February 17, 2011

The House this week began floor debate on HR 1, the continuing resolution (CR) outlining federal spending levels for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011. A previous version of the CR included $41 billion in cuts, but after objections from some members of the Republican caucus that these cuts were not high enough to meet their $100 billion budget cut campaign pledge, the House majority leadership has come back with a new bill that further slashes federal spending. Included in the new bill are several cuts that would further reduce spending below the levels initially reported earlier this month:

  • Over $214.2 million in SAMHSA reductions (the bill does not specify which programs will bear the cuts)
  • $210 million from Section 811 supportive housing
  • $2.9 billion from the HUD Community Development Fund
  • $191 million from juvenile justice

A full list of the CR’s spending reductions is available online.

In addition to these cuts, the House leadership is allowing members to offer amendments to HR 1 to further slash federal spending on specific programs or agencies. Earlier this morning, the House rejected, on a 322-104 vote, an amendment by Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH) that would have stripped an additional $98 million from SAMHSA. Another amendment, to be offered today by Representative Robert Scott (D-VA), would restore $100 million in funding to juvenile justice prevention programs. The National Council has signed on to a letter to Rep. Scott thanking him for his efforts.

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