Monday, February 21, 2011

House Appropriations Bill Cuts $60 Billion for Remaining FY 2011 Budget

2007USCapitolatNightOver the weekend, the House cut $60 billion from the remaining budget for the fiscal year, according to The New York Times.  Since the Senate is not expected to follow suit, Congress only has four days next week to come up with a bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year.  If no agreement is reached, the government could enter a shutdown in early March.

Hundreds of amendments were included in the bill, and The New York Times offers an amendment tracker to view key votes.  Here is a breakdown of some of the key amendments:
Among amendments that were rejected was a restoration of $50 million in LIHEAP funding and a reduction of Amtrak financing.

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