Summary: Fiscal Year 2011 Consolidated Appropriations Bill
Washington, DC – The Senate Appropriations Committee released details of the FY 2011 Consolidated Appropriations Act, a substitute amendment to the House passed Continuing Resolution (H.R. 3082). The legislation is $29 billion below the cost of the budget proposed by the President and equal to the topline Budget Authority level of $1.108 trillion as proposed in the Sessions-McCaskill amendment.
The Omnibus, in contrast to a Continuing Resolution, lives up to Congress’ constitutional responsibility to provide federal agencies with the direction and the resources they require, most critically for national defense and homeland security. Below are a number of specific programs that would be impacted if forced to operate under a Continuing Resolution. A CR would fail to implement more than $10.2 billion in cuts made to wasteful, poor performing, or terminated military programs. In the Omnibus, these funds are redirected to high priority programs.
Head Start: The Omnibus includes an $840 million increase for Head Start, including increases to improve the quality and oversight of Head Start programs across the country. The CR includes an increase of only $314 million, putting over 60,000 disadvantaged children in limbo over whether they’ll receive comprehensive early childhood care next year.
Child Care: The omnibus includes a $681 million increase for child care for low-income families. The CR includes an increase of only $374 million, meaning about 45,000 fewer low-income children and their families would receive child care subsidies. These are families that are working, or in some cases looking for work, and that depend on these subsidies to do so. Read more