The funding Act freezes FY 2011 discretionary appropriations at the FY 2010 level; providing $45.9 billion less than the President requested for the year.
This funding Act freezes FY 2011 discretionary appropriations at the FY 2010 level; providing $45.9 billion less than the President requested for the year.
Within that ceiling, the Act adjusts funding between programs and accounts to deal with current demands and workloads and avoid furloughs.
“At a time when we are apparently extending huge tax cuts for millionaires and we’re giving families worth ten million dollars or more a bye on paying taxes on their good fortunes, this Committee has done its dead level best within the constraints under which we are operating to make some modest adjustments to salvage some investments which over the long haul just might create more jobs than a tax break for millionaires and adjustments that just might ease the financial desperation facing so many families today who cannot afford to send their kids to college, to find decent child care, or to provide adequate medical attention for their needs,” said Chairman Dave Obey (D-WI).
Overall, the Act includes $513 billion for the Department of Defense, $4.9 billion above 2010; $75.2 billion for military construction and veterans, $1.4 billion below 2010; and $501.4 billion for all other appropriations, $3.5 billion below 2010.
It also includes $159 billion for the war, as the President requested; prohibits funding for Congressional earmarks; freezes non-military Federal pay for two years, as requested by the President; and allows fee-funded programs to continue to be financed from fees.
BILL TOTAL (in millions)
2010 Funding Total: $1,089,652
2011 President’s Request: $1,135,555
2011 Funding Act: $1,089,652
BIGGEST ADJUSTMENTS FROM 2010
• Provides $6 billion less for the Census and rescinds $1.7 billion of Census funding that is not needed,
as requested by the President.
• Provides $5.1 billion less for defense base closure funding, as the President requested.
• Provides $1.5 billion less for high-speed rail, as the President requested.
• Rescinds $630 million from old highway projects.
• Rescinds $500 million from the Asset Forfeiture Fund as proposed by the Justice Department.
• Provides $624 million more for nuclear weapons programs, dependent upon the new START Treaty,
and $438 million more for nuclear nonproliferation efforts.
• Provides $3.1 billion more for Veterans Administration medical operations.
• Provides $4.9 billion more to the Defense Department to meet pay and health requirements.
• Provides $5.7 billion more for Pell grants to meet the current funding shortfall that has arisen due to
the fact that more people are qualifying for the grant.
• Provides $550 million for Race to the Top, which was not funded in 2010.
• Provides $723 million to maintain Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment Compensation operations.
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Source: David Obey, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations | U.S. House of Representatives
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