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.