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BUDGET WATCH: THIS WEEK...

March 3, 2011

Yesterday, the Senate passed the temporary Continuing Resolution which will keep the government running for another two weeks while the House and Senate work to resolve their differences in determining funding levels for the remainder of the fiscal year. The President signed the bill into law shortly thereafter, averting a government shutdown this week.

As negotiations heat up again, all eyes will be on the Senate as they look to alter the FY 2011 appropriations bill already passed by the House. As you may recall, the House bill makes an unprecedented $66 billion in cuts to federal programs such as Head Start, Child Care and Development Block Grant, and the Title I education program for disadvantaged children between now and September 30, 2011. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has done a great state-by-state analysis on the devastating effect cuts this deep would have on several programs benefiting children and young adults.

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