Congress will reconvene this week after its August recess. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are expected to continue their work on the FY 2012 spending bills. Under the Budget Control Act, the Committees must adhere to spending caps for FY 2012 to FY 2021. The FY 2012 caps represent an overall cut of 4% for ALL discretionary programs, which means that individual program funding (such as Section 811 housing) can be eliminated, be further reduced, remain the same, or even increased at this point. The House Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee has just scheduled the markup of its FY 2012 appropriations bill for this Friday, September 9. The Senate has not yet announced a mark-up date.
Meanwhile, staff of the Committees on which the Members of the Joint Committee serve have been tapped to help support the Joint Committee which is charged with identifying an additional $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. The staff is expected to work on plans for the first in-person organizational meeting of the Joint Committee scheduled for this Thursday, September 8 and the first public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, September 13. Learn more about the Budget Control Act and how it may affect funding for disability-related programs.