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The House may consider the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3081 on Wednesday, September 29, 2010. H.R. 3081 was originally approved in the House as the Department of State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Act on July 9, 2010, by a vote of 318-106. The bill is expected to be amended to provide for continued funding of government programs and approved in the Senate on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.
The Continuing Resolution (CR) would provide continued funding for government programs funded through the 12 regular appropriations bills as well as continued funding for certain supplemental appropriations. The measure would provide continued appropriated funding through December 3, 2010, or until an applicable FY 2011 appropriation bill is enacted. Except in some circumstances, funding would be equal to current FY 2010 levels. The legislation would also extend certain mandatory spending authority provided in appropriations bills and supplement spending for overseas operations. According to CBO, the CR would provide $1.247 trillion in budget authority if it were extended over the duration of FY 2011.
In addition to providing continued appropriated spending through December 3, 2010, H.R. 3081 would extend the authority to carry out a number of programs set to expire on September 30, 2010. The bill would also adjust the appropriated spending levels for certain programs. Highlights of extensions and other changes made in the CR follow below.
Census Bureau: The bill would reduce the level of funding for the Census Bureau by $6 billion to meet the FY 2011 request of $964 million. Funding for the Census Bureau was increased in FY 2010 to carry out the decennial census.
Commanders’ Emergency Response Program: The bill would extend the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Commanders’ Emergency Response Program (CERP) through December 3, 2010.
Stop-Loss Payment Applications: The bill would extend the period in which applications for retroactive stop-loss payments could be made through December 3, 2010. The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP), providing $500 to service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended under stop loss for each month/partial month served in stop loss status.
Weapons Activities: The bill would increase funding for the Department of Energy’s Weapons Activities for Nuclear Modernization funding by $624 million, raising the FY 2011 funding level to $7 billion.
District of Columbia: The bill would authorize the local government in D.C. to expend amounts from the “District of Columbia Funds” for local programs.
Chemical Facility Security: The bill would extend the authority of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to regulate risk-based performance standards for security of chemical facilities through December 3, 2010.
Predisaster Hazard Mitigation: The bill would extend the authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide technical and financial assistance to States and local governments to assist in the implementation of predisaster hazard mitigation measures through December 3, 2010.
Federal Air Marshals: The bill would authorize the Federal Air Marshals to maintain funding necessary to sustain domestic and international flight coverage at the same level as the final quarter of FY 2010
Customs and Border Patrol: The bill would authorize funds for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to be maintained at levels necessary to sustain the numbers of personnel at the same place as the final quarter of FY 2010.
Minerals Management Service: The bill would increase funding for the Department of Interior’s Mineral Management Service (MMS) for oil rig inspections by $25 million and rescind an equal amount from the MMS’ unobligated funds.
Biodefense Countermeasures: The bill would provide continued funding to the Department of Health and Human Services for biodefense countermeasures through December 3, 2010.
TANF and Child Care: The bill would extend the block grant for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) and the Child Care entitlement program through December 3, 2010.
Senator Byrd Survivors Fund: The bill would provide $193,400 for the surviving children and grandchildren of the late Senator Robert C. Byrd.
Military Construction: The bill would reduce the amount of funds available for Base Realignment and Closure 2005 (BRAC) by $5.1 billion. The funding level would be reduced from over $7 billion to $2.354 billion to meet the FY 2011 White House budget request.
Department of State and Foreign Operations: The bill would increase funding for certain State Department activities in FY 2011. The bill would increase funding for Diplomatic and Consular Programs by $374 million, bringing the FY 2011 total to $8.6 billion. The bill would increase funding for the Foreign Military Financing Program by $965 million, bringing the total to $5.1 billion in FY 2011. The bill would also provide $700 million in funding for the Pakistan Counter-Insurgency Capability Fund.
General and Special Risk Insurance Funds Availability: The bill would extend the authority of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to enter into commitments to guarantee up to $20 billion total loan principal. This authority was originally extended by H.R. 5872, which was enacted into law on August 11, 2010.
FHA Loan Limits: The bill would extend the current Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan limits for the duration of FY 2011.
Fannie and Freddie Loan Limits: The bill would extend the current Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan limits for the duration of FY 2011.
According to CBO, the Continuing Resolution would provide $1.247 trillion in budget authority if it were extended over the duration of FY 2011.