Congress Still Working on Short Term Continuing Resolution

September 22, 2011 Bookmark and Share

Thursday came and went on Capitol Hill with no agreement on a short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government after the 2011 fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

The House on Wednesday rejected on a 195 to 230 vote a CR proposal that would have would have provided $3.6 billion in disaster aid, showing in vivid detail the continued disagreements on Capitol Hill about spending priorities.

Negotiations are ongoing, but the path forward for FY2011 funding remains unclear as Members head into a scheduled one-week recess next week.

While policymakers are largely focused on work to craft a long-term plan to cut at least $1.5 trillion in federal spending, the appropriations process for the coming year is also an essential and pressing priority. The new fiscal year starts Oct. 1 and none of the 12 regular appropriations bills has been finished.

It is widely expected long-term FY2012 funding levels and priorities will be dictated in part by the ultimate agreement – or lack thereof – penned by members of the so-called super committee by their Nov. 23 deadline.

Ongoing calls for some stimulus efforts to help create jobs in a still struggling economy could also affect final spending measures for FY2012.

Both chambers of Congress must approve the super committee recommendations by Dec. 23 or sequestration measures, which will cut funding across most but not all federal programs, will go into place in early January.

NAWG continues to work with coalition partners and Members of Congress to follow the development of the FY2012 budget and super committee negotiations, particularly with regards to discretionary spending priorities like trade development programs and ag research.