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March 29, 2011

Budget Battle Continues

This week, the House and Senate return to Washington and continue work on a measure to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. The current continuing resolution expires a week from this Friday—on April 8th—but bipartisan agreement on long-term spending remains elusive. There appear to be several large contentious and outstanding issues: the size and source of budget cuts and whether policy riders approved earlier by the House in H.R.1, such as funding for health reform and Planned Parenthood, will be included. Even if agreement is reached, timing will be tight as new House rules require that a bill be available for 72 hours before it is voted on. If passed, the House bill would then move to the Senate. If a bill is not passed by April 8, there will need to be another short-term CR passed or the federal government will shut down.

Next week, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is expected to release his budget resolution for fiscal year 2012, and reports suggest it will include cuts even larger than those passed by the House in H.R. 1. CDF will take a close look at it—and its impact on children and families, so stay tuned!

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