On Wednesday May 11th, the House Appropriations committee released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 spending limits for the subcommittees. Overall, there is $30 billion less than the final FY 2011 allotment. The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS-ED) Subcommittee and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Subcommittee received significantly less funding than in FY 2011. The L-HHS-ED overall limit was $18 billion lower than last year and THUD was reduced by nearly $8 billion. The House Subcommittees are beginning to mark up their respective bills and the L-HHS-ED and THUD Subcommittees are expected to act in mid-July. It is expected to be a very difficult to protect the key disability programs from cuts in funding. The Arc will continue to advocate that Congress address the needs of people with disabilities in the budget debate.