House CR extends funding through Nov. 18

By Jolie Lee
Federal News Radio

A continuing resolution introduced in the House will keep government funded through Nov. 18, giving Congress time to hash out a budget for fiscal year 2012.

With the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, Congress has not passed any appropriations bills.

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“The CR allows funding for the federal government to continue at a rate of $1.043 trillion – the total amount to which the Congress and the White House agreed in the recent debt-ceiling legislation. This is a 1.5 percent cut from the fiscal year 2011 level,” said Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, in a statement.

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The stopgap funding bill includes $3.65 billion for disaster relief for recovery and rebuilding efforts. Included in this amount is $1 billion that will be available immediately once the bill is passed. Also, $2.65 billion is for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, which has been depleted after recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Irene.

“The American people simply do not want or deserve – and our recovering economy can scarcely handle – the dangerous instability of a government shutdown, or any unnecessary holdups in disaster recovery efforts,” Rogers said in the statement.

The bill also extends the deadline for the Postal Service to make a $5.5 billion prepayments to its retiree health fund. The financially-strapped Postal Service today is laying out a proposal to cut facilities and has previously said it plans to cut 220,000 positions, including 100,000 through attrition.