Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Federal Funding Continuing Resolution Cuts Summarized Overnight (Updated)

Here are House Appropriation's Committee news items containing a summary of and highlighted program cuts contained in the final Continuing Resolution (CR) legislation for fiscal year 2011. According to the summary report, "The final CR will include a total of $1.049 trillion in funding, a nearly $40 billion reduction from last year’s (fiscal year 2010) levels. This includes the $12 billion in reductions previously approved by Congress and signed into law under the previous three continuing resolutions, as well as nearly $28 billion in additional new spending cuts."  Some key environmental, conservation and water resource cuts include:
  • Agricultural programs at funded $20 billion, $3 billion below 2010 enacted level and $3.2 billion below the President’s 2011 budget request, including a cut to the Agricultural Research Service of $64 million
  • Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works will be funded at the President’s request level of $4.9 billion
  • Funding is cut for the Environmental Protection Agency by $1.6 billion, a 16% decrease from last year
  • Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund (land acquisition) is cut by $149 million (-33% below last year)
  • The CR includes language limiting the use of funds to implement the Bureau of Land Management’s “Wild Lands” policy 
Here is the link to the House Rules Committee page, where links to House Continuing Resolution related activities, including the text in full, are posted.  The Senate Appropriations Committee also released highlights of the CR.

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