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Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Fund Federal Agencies in FY2011

Legislative Update
October 1, 2010

Late on September 30, Congress cleared a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund federal agencies and programs at current levels until Dec. 3. The House passed the measure (H.R. 3081) 228-194 a few hours after the Senate approved it. The CR is necessary because Congress failed to approve any of the 12 regular appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, which begins October 1. The CR funds most programs, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Eye Institute (NEI), at FY2010 levels.

The House is in recess until Nov. 15. The Senate is scheduled to be in recess until Nov. 12, but is not expected to return to Washington until Nov. 15.

Both the House and Senate have proposed FY2011 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) spending bills that provide for a $1 billion, or 3.2 percent, inflationary funding increase for the NIH to $32 billion. This was also the funding level proposed by President Obama.