House Introduces Three-Week Budget Stopgap
The House Appropriations Committee Friday introduced a stopgap spending measure to extend funding for the federal government by three weeks while trimming $6 billion in spending.
Similar to the current continuing resolution, which runs through March 18, the latest proposal targets programs that are not considered controversial. And with little movement between party leaders over an agreement on a full-year fiscal 2011 spending bill, Senate Democrats most likely will support the short-term spending bill. The House is scheduled to take up the bill on Tuesday, leaving the Senate several days to clear it for the president’s signature, reported CQ Today.
The House bill does not call for cuts to any DOD or military construction accounts. It proposes to reduce or terminate 25 federal programs — many of which were not included in the president’s budget request — for a savings of $3.5 billion. One of the programs slated to be cut, the National Park Service’s Preserve America initiative, has benefited defense communities in the past. A handful of federal agencies, including DOD, participate in the program, which provides grants to promote heritage tourism in communities throughout the United States. Ending the program would save $4.6 million.
The House plan also would eliminate $2.6 billion in FY 2010 earmarks that have been automatically renewed in this year’s continuing resolutions.