House and Senate members voted April 14 on the “Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011” (H.R.1473), which is the result of negotiations throughout the seven Continuing Resolutions that have kept the government operating since October 1, 2010.
Funding totals at $1.049 trillion, about $40 billion less than in 2010. $12 billion had been reduced through previous continuing resolutions, and new cuts equal about $28 billion. Overall, this is about a one percent decrease in spending for FY 2011. However, most of the cuts come from discretionary spending programs such as education, food, housing, etc. H.R 1473 includes deep cuts to HUD, job training programs, along with significant cuts in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The defense budget received a one percent increase to $513 billion – which does not include the $158 billion for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
How could it have been worse? H.R. 1, passed by the House in February, called for cuts of $61 billion in the same areas. The behind-the-scenes work of the administration and members of the Senate leadership preserved some programs which would have been eliminated and limited the degree of cuts to other programs, many of which NETWORK strongly supports. These include: