H.J.Res. 44: Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments of 2011

H.J.Res. 44

Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments of 2011

Sponsor
Rep. Hal Rogers

Date
March 1, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.J. Res. 44, the Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments of 2011, under a rule.

Bill Summary

The Continuing Resolution (CR) would provide discretionary funding for government operations through March 18, 2011.  The bill would reduce spending by $4 billion from current spending levels and would provide a total of $1.083 trillion in discretionary budget authority for FY 2011.  Presently, government operations are being temporarily funded at FY 2010 levels under H.R. 3082, the Continuing Appropriations and Surface Transportation Extensions Act of 2011 (P.L. 111-322), which will expire on March 4, 2011.  

The bill would eliminate eight current government programs for which no funds were requested in the president’s budget and would eliminate funding that was made available in fiscal year 2010 that would have gone to earmarked programs and projects.  Program eliminations in the bill total $1.24 billion in savings while savings from earmark eliminations total $2.7 billion in savings.  

March 18 CR Spending Levels Compared to Current and House Passed CR

(in billions of dollars)

Current Continuing Resolution

H.R. 1 as Passed by the House

March 18 Continuing Resolution

CR Savings from Current Spending Levels

1,087,465

1,020,214

1,083,455

4,010

Source:  Congressional Budget Office



Program Terminations

H.J. Res. 44 would eliminate funding for eight current programs saving a total of $1.24 billion.  According to the Republican staff of the House Appropriations Committee, programs eliminated by the bill include the following:

  • Election Assistance Grants, saving $75 million. This termination was requested in the President’s budget request.  The states have yet to spend large amounts of funding provided by this program, and both the House and Senate proposed eliminating the program last year.

  • Broadband Direct Loan Subsidy (U.S. Department of Agriculture), saving $29 million. No funds were requested for this program in the President’s budget request.  This program is duplicative of several other federal programs, and the Agriculture Inspector General has uncovered abuses and inconsistencies in the program as well as a lack of focus on the rural communities it is intended to serve.

  • Smithsonian Institution Legacy Fund, saving $30 million.  No funds were requested for this program in the President’s budget request.  The Legacy Fund was intended as a one-time only appropriation for revitalization of the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building. Sufficient private contributions were raised and the Legacy Fund monies were released in December, 2010.
  • Striving Readers program (U.S. Department of Education), saving $250 million.  This termination was requested in the President’s budget request. This program has a large amount of unused funds, and is essentially duplicative of the Title 1 program that provides $14 billion annually in reading assistance to at-risk students.
  • LEAP program (U.S Department of Education), saving $64 million.  This termination was requested in the President’s budget request. This program has accomplished its original objective of “stimulating” all states to establish need-based student grant programs, and federal aid is no longer required.
  • Even Start (U.S. Department of Education), saving $66 million.  This termination was requested in the President’s budget request.  Three national evaluations have found that participants in this program make no greater literacy gains than non-participants.  The Office of Management and Budget has identified this program as “ineffective.”
  • Smaller Learning Communities (U.S. Department of Education), saving $88 million. This termination was requested in the President’s budget request.  Both governmental and non-governmental research has shown no evidence that creating smaller learning communities within high schools makes a difference in academic achievement.
  • Highways, Additional General Fund spending (Federal Highways Administration), saving $650 million.  No funds were requested for this use in the President’s budget request.  This one-time, non-recurring funding addition was provided in fiscal year 2010 and distributed to all states through the existing, authorized highway formula.  Removing these funds will have no impact on the authorized, mandatory side of the highway program and its limitation of obligations.

Discretionary Budget Authority by Subcommittee

 

March 18th CR Spending Levels Compared to Current CR by Subcommittee

(in billions of dollars) 

Sub-committee

March 18th Continuing Resolution

Current Spending Levels

H.J. Res. 44 vs. Current Spending Levels

Agriculture

23,276

23,305

-29

Commerce, Justice, Science

56,681

56,681

0

Defense

508,692

508,692

0

Energy and Water

32,878

33,870

-992

Financial Services

23,288

23,363

-75

Homeland Security

42,292

42,555

-263

Interior and Related Agencies

32,250

32,280

-30

Labor, HHS, Education

167,892

169,350

-1,458

Legislative Branch

4,654

4,654

0

Military Construction

75,649

75,649

0

State, Foreign Operations

50,774

50,774

0

Transportation, HUD

65,129

66,292

-1,163

H.R. 1 Total

1,083,455

1,087,465

-4,010

Source:  Congressional Budget Office




 

Earmarks

The bill would eliminate $2.7 billion in earmark funding made available in FY 2010.  According to the House Appropriations Committee, earmark funding eliminated by the bill includes:

Energy and Water

  • $56 million for Army Corps of Engineers investigations.
  • $341million for Army Corps of Engineers construction.
  • $80 million for Army Corps of Engineers for the Mississippi River.
  • $39 million for Army Corps of Engineers operations and maintenance.
  • $38 million for Bureau of Reclamation for water and related resources.
  • $292 million for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
  • $13 million for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.
  • $3 million for Nuclear Energy Research and Development activities.
  • $37 million for Fossil Energy Research.
  • $77 million for Office of Science for science research.
  • $4 million for Defense Environmental Cleanup.
  • $3 million for Other Defense Activities.
  • $13 million for National Nuclear Security Administration for Office of the Administrator.
  • $300,000 for Nuclear Nonproliferation for equipment upgrades.

Homeland Security

  • $1 million for DHS Undersecretary for Management for logistics training.
  • $1 million for Customs and Border Patrol Salaries and Expenses for solar powered batteries program.
  • $43 million for Customs and Border Patrol Construction for facility construction projects
  • $1 million for Transportation Security Administration for National “Safe Skies” Alliance.
  • $4 million for Coast Guard Operations and Expenses for Operations System Center.
  • $17 million for Coast Guard Acquisition, Construction, and Improvements for shore construction projects.
  • $4 million for Coast Guard for alteration of bridges.
  • $20 million for National Programs and Protection Directorate for cyber-security and infrastructure projects.
  • $5 million for Office of Health Affairs for bio-preparedness.
  • $103 million for FEMA State and Local Programs for university and emergency operations center grants.
  • $25 million for FEMA Pre-disaster Mitigation Grants.
  • $41 million for Science and Technology for research projects.

Labor, HHS, Education

  • $49 million for Training and Employment Services.
  • $1 million for Mine Safety and Health Administration.
  • $40 million for Labor Department salaries and expenses.
  • $397 million for Health Resources and Services.
  • $21 million for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • $15 million for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  • $3 million for CMS program management.
  • $21 million for Children and Families Services program.
  • $1 million for Child Care Development Block Grant.
  • $6 million for Administration on Aging.
  • $2 million for HHS Office of the Secretary departmental management.
  • $5 million for School Improvement Programs.
  • $229 million for Department of Education for Innovation and Improvement.
  • $32 million for Safe Schools and Citizenship Education.
  • $22 million for Special Education.
  • $5 million Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research.
  • $129 million for Higher Education.
  • $16 million for Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Legislative Branch

  • $200,000 for the Library of Congress Salaries and Expenses for the digitalization program.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development

  • $22 million for HUD Neighborhood Initiatives
  • $173 million for HUD Economic Development Initiatives.
  • $293 million for Surface Transportation priorities.
  • $25 million for Rail Line Relocation.

Cost

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the bill would provide $1.083 trillion in discretionary budget authority and reduce current spending levels by $4.01 billion.