Last week, the U.S. Senate voted on five different versions of a FY 2013 federal budget without passing one of them, effectively ending the FY 2013 federal budget process for this year.
The House budget resolution provides $3.5 trillion in budget authority in fiscal 2013 and calls for limiting discretionary appropriations to $1.028 trillion. The plan is $19 billion below the $1.047 trillion spending cap set in the debt limit deal last year. The vote was very close with all Democrats and 10 Republicans voted against the measure but the legislation passed the House in the end.
In February, the President released his FY2013 budget that included programs authorized by the TBI Act, including the HRSA Federal TBI Program and the CDC's important TBI work that were both recommended to receive level funding found in FY11 final and FY12 CR appropriations bills, $10 million for HRSA and just under $7 million for CDC. In the current fiscal climate this is good news for TBI advocates. This would indicate TBI funding is not on the chopping block when the government is looking to cut a trillion and a half dollars in federal spending.