Amendment in House Reverses EDA Budget Cut
The House last week voted to restore an $80 million spending reduction to the Economic Development Administration that had been included in the House’s plan to fund federal operations through the remainder of fiscal 2011. If enacted into law, economic development assistance programs would receive $255 million, the same level of funding allocated in FY 2010. The amendment, sponsored by Maine Rep. Mike Michaud (D), passed by a bipartisan 305-127 vote. It calls for an equivalent cut in funding to the periodic census and other Census Bureau programs.