Republicans Release Appropriations Package for Fiscal Year 2011

By Rob Banaszak on February 16, 2011 in Policy/Advocacy

by Julia Cheng, AIDS United Zamora Fellow

With less than a month before the Continuing Resolution (CR) expires, Congress is struggling to complete the Fiscal Year 2011 budget.  On February 3rd, Representative Paul D. Ryan (R-WI), Chair of the House Committee on the Budget, released figures that set caps for the Fiscal Year 2011 budget at $1.055 trillion.  Representative Ryan’s plan outlined cuts of $32 billion compared to the current level of spending at FY 2010 levels.  In total, $40 billion would be capped for non-security discretionary programs while an $8 billion increase would go towards defense, homeland security, and veterans programs.  The $8 billion increase in security related funds still falls $16 billion below President Obama’s 2011 requested budget, while funding towards other discretionary programs is $58 billion lower than President Obama’s FY 2011 request.

Using Representative Ryan’s ceiling, appropriations Chairman Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY) further defined allocations by appropriation subcommittee to begin drafting a bill.  The Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee will have to reduce appropriations by $6.5 billion and the Transportation and HUD Subcommittee will lose $11.5 billion from 2010 levels.  These caps were approved 27-22 by the House Appropriations Committee.  All Democrats voted “No” while two Republicans joined them, calling for greater cuts.  On February 9th, Chairman Rogers announced a partial list of the implementation of those spending cuts which included $1.3 billion from Community Health Centers, $1 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), $755 million from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), $530 million from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Fund, $139 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and $96 million from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) compared to the President’s 2011 requested budget.

Despite approval from House Appropriations Committee, conservative Republicans indicated that the draft proposal would not pass, delaying the release of the legislation originally scheduled for February 10th.  House Appropriations Chairman Rogers subsequently announced that the difference between the FY 2011 request budget and the proposed legislation would be $100 billion, therefore meeting the targeted “cuts” as outlined in the Republicans’ “Pledge to America”  document.  Some Republicans have argued that the four months of the Fiscal Year that have passed should go to the $100 billion, while others have argued that the $100 billion promise should be applied to the remaining levels of funding.  Currently, the plan falls in between the two figures, making a total of $58 billion reduction from the remaining levels of funding.  The proposed CR was released on Friday, February 11th and debate will begin Tuesday with final vote expected on Thursday, February 17th.  However, even if the bill passes in the House, it is unlikely to be approved by the Senate or the President.  Senate Democrats have explained that a series of short-term continuing resolutions will be necessary to avoid a government shutdown.  The legislation as released by the House Appropriations committee can be found below.

A copy of the legislation can be found here:

A summary of the bill can be found here:

A list of program cuts can be found here:

Subcommittee savings tables can be found here:

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