Congress will return from the Thanksgiving holiday recess this week to grapple with issues resulting from the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction’s inability to produce a deficit reduction plan (click here to read the Committee’s November 21 statement). With the $1.2 trillion in automatic, across the board spending cuts scheduled to take effect from Fiscal Years 2013 to 2021, some Members of Congress are already discussing ways to undo the cuts, half of which will be made to the Department of Defense budget. Click here to read The Arc’s statement on the Committee not reaching a deal. As Congress works to wrap up FY 2012 appropriations, The Arc will continue to advocate for funding for critical disability programs in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The current Continuing Resolution will expire December 16th for those agencies that have not seen the passage of an appropriations bill.