President Obama at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 2011 the same day he signed a short-term continuing resolution bill that will keep the federal government operating long enough for Congress to vote on a budget deal reached late Friday.
From the House Appropriations Committee – from Ranking Democrat Rep Norm Dicks regarding H.R.1473 :
“…What we achieved was an imperfect result, to be sure, but it represented a compromise that the President believed was in the best interests of the nation while protecting the highest priorities of his Administration and the Democrats in Congress.
Some examples from the legislation (these examples reflect areas of special interest to me):
- • Community Services Block grants are funded at $680 million; $20 million below the enacted level and $285 million above HR1. • Workforce Investment Act job training grants are funded at $2.8 billion; $182 million below the enacted level. No funds were provided in HR1.• Community Development Block grants are funded at $3.5 billion; $950 million below the enacted level and $1.5 billion above HR1.• The Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) nutrition program is funded at $6.7 billion; $243 million above HR1.
• The Maximum Pell Grant award is maintained at $5,550.
• Community Health Centers are funded at $1.6 billion; $600 million below the enacted level and $414 million above HR1.
Of course, this is all “stop-gap” as the Congress is facing a vote on the FY’12 full budget and a likely vote to raise the debt ceiling again. A fiscal policy expert fron the very conservative Heritage Foundation recently noted in an NPR interview: “The middleweight fight is going to be over the 2012 budget resolution. And the heavyweight match will be over the debt limit.”