House Budget Committee announces spending levels; Targets for disability programs are more than 15% below current levels

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced the overall budget allocations for the Appropriations Committee to use to set spending levels for the remainder of the FY 2011.  Currently the federal government is operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) which largely extended FY 2010 spending until March 4, 2011.  Under the plan, non-security programs would be reduced by an average of 15.4% below the current funding levels.  Using this amount, the House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) announced the specific levels for each of the 12 Appropriations Subcommittees.  The Labor, Health Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee will need to produce a bill that is 12.7% below funding for the remainder of the year.  The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee will have to cut funding by 26.1% to meet the target.  This does not mean that the subcommittees will need to cut all programs by this amount, but that the total funding for all programs within their jurisdiction cannot be above this level.  The Subcommittees will decide how much funding to cut from each program in the coming weeks.

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