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H.Res. 115 - Rule providing for consideration of H.J.Res 44 – Making Further Continuing Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2011 (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations)(One Hour of Debate) The Rules Committee has recommended a closed Rule, allowing for no amendments to the legislation. The Rule provides for one hour of debate, equally divided between the Chair and Ranking Member of the Appropriations committee. H.Res. 115 allows one motion to recommit, with instructions.

The Rules committee did not allow an amendment, offered by the Ranking Member of the Appropriations committee, which would have cut money from the decennial Census and re-directed $577 million of that money towards higher priority education programs that are being cut in H.J.Res. 44, and used the rest of the money for deficit reduction. The Rule also did not include an amendment, offered by Mr. Hastings (FL), which would have allowed the District of Columbia to spend its local funds for the remainder of the fiscal year. Members are urged to VOTE NO.

H.J.Res. 44 – Making Further Continuing Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011 (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations) H.J.Res. 44 is a short-term continuing resolution that would provide funding for the Government, government agencies and programs for two weeks, through March 18th, 2011. The Current continuing resolution expires on March 4th.

H.J.Res. 44 would continue all funding at the same level as the previous continuing resolution for a two-week period, except specified cuts totaling $4.01 billion, including: $2.7 billion to earmark projects that were funded under the previous Continuing Resolution and $1.24 billion to various programs – some of those cuts are included in President Obama’s FY12 budget request. H.J.Res. 44 does not include, however, any kind of plan to create certainty or jobs in the economy.

Bill Text for H.J.Res. 44:
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Background for H.J.Res. 44:
CRS Report
- Continuing Resolutions: Latest Action and Brief Overview of Recent Practices
List of cuts
– Majority Appropriations press release, including a list of cuts in H.J.Res. 44

The Daily Quote

“A Republican plan to sharply cut federal spending this year would destroy 700,000 jobs through 2012, according to an independent economic analysis set for release…it predicts that the GOP package would reduce economic growth by 0.5 percentage points this year, and by 0.2 percentage points in 2012, resulting in 700,000 fewer jobs by the end of next year.”

      -   The Washington Post, 2/28/11