House unveils two week spending bill, government shutdown on March 4 appears less likely

The House Appropriations Committee released a short term Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government operating until a compromise can be reached on bill for the remained of FY 2011. The CR includes $4 billion in spending reductions, the majority of which were already targeted for elimination by the Obama Administration, including earmarks. The CR allows most agencies to continue at the current level of spending with the exception of some programs that were cut or eliminated. Fortunately, major disability programs are not targeted for reduction in the CR. All FY 2011 appropriations, including the short term CR, still need to be negotiated with the Senate. For information on specific program cuts and eliminations, see http://appropriations.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=266

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