Appropriations Update, July 2012

On Thursday, July 1, 2010, the House adopted a one-year spending (H. Res. 1493) plan instead of a traditional five-year budget resolution, which has stalled because of intraparty differences over spending levels and concern over budget deficits.

The plan, which Democrats call a "budget enforcement resolution" for fiscal 2011, would set a limit of $1.121 trillion on discretionary spending. Democrats say it would allow about $7 billion less to be spent in fiscal 2011 than President Obama requested.

The Senate Budget Committee approved a full fiscal 2011 budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 60) on April 22, 2010 that called for $4 billion less in discretionary spending next year than President Obama requested. The full Senate has not taken up that measure and is not expected to since the House will not move a similar plan. (CQ)

BIAA will continue to advocate for increased funding for programs authorized through the TBI Act as well as for NIDRR’s Model Systems of Care program even in this tough appropriations climate. We will alert grassroots advocates if action is needed.

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