On Wednesday, September 14, the House Appropriations Committee introduced a Continuing Resolution, H.J.Res.79 that will ensure government operation through November 18. The CR funds the federal government at a rate of $1.043 trillion, the amount mandated in the Budget Control Act of 2011, which is nearly $7 billion ($1.4 percent) below FY 2011 levels. The CR also contains $3.65 billion in disaster relief for the recent series of natural disasters, including Hurricane Irene, wildfires in Texas, the Mid-Atlantic earthquake, and floods and tornadoes in the Midwest and South. A summary of the items included in the CR can be found here.
Since neither the House, nor the Senate have passed their full Appropriations bills for FY2012, the CR will allow for the government to run past the end of the 2011 fiscal year on September 30. While the House Appropriations has drafted 11 out 12 Appropriations bills and passed 6 through the House, the Senate has drafted 4 and only passed 1. Noticeably absent from both, is the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bills which allocate funding for the National Institutes of Health.
House Appropriations Chairman, Hal Rogers (R-KY), urged Congress for a speedy approval of the CR stressing, “the American people simply do not want or deserve […] the dangerous instability of a government shutdown.” The House and the Senate will vote on the CR next week.
The status of FY2012 Appropriations legislation can be found here.