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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Continuing Resolution

Nuclear Weapons & Materials Monitor
March 5, 2013
House Appropriations Releases Continuing Resolution

In order to keep government programs running beyond the expiration of current funding legislation near the end of the month, the House Appropriations Committee yesterday unveiled a Continuing Resolution that would fund the federal government until the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Under the bill, most government programs would be funded at the current levels minus the across-the-board sequestration cuts that went into effect late last week. However, the CR would keep in place an anomaly for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s weapons programs that allows the agency to spend at the level of President Obama’s FY13 request, $7.58 billion. And like the current CR, the House bill also would allow funding to continue for the Department of Energy’s cost-share program supporting USEC’s American Centrifuge Project. That would be supported until the end of the fiscal year under the CR at a total level of $150 million for FY13.

Funding legislation will need to be in place before the expiration of the current continuing resolution on March 27, and House floor action on the bill is expected to take place this week. “It is clear that this nation is facing some very hard choices, and it’s up to Congress to pave the way for our financial future,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said in a statement. “But right now, we must act quickly and try to make the most of a difficult situation. This bill will fund essential federal programs and services, help maintain our national security, and take a potential shutdown off the table. This CR package is the right thing to do, and it’s the right time to do it,” Rogers continued.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

‘Most government programs would be funded at the current levels minus the across-the-board sequestration cuts that went into effect late last week.”
Short term?
If LLNL is 120 million in the RED now under the current CR .. The plan is to continue with less in the future. That would mean 10% reduction at a minimum, LLNL will have to make some long term adjustments and we are talking years… many years.

Anonymous said...

“House Appropriations Committee yesterday unveiled a Continuing Resolution that would fund the federal government until the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30”


Hear that sound? it’s a big frikin CAN getting kicked down the road.

Anonymous said...

1:54 PM

"However, the CR would keep in place an anomaly for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s weapons programs that allows the agency to spend at the level of President Obama’s FY13 request, $7.58 billion."

As I understand it, this would mean full FY13 funding for NNSA accounts and no sequestration cuts.

Anonymous said...

March 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Just my opinion here. Since this 10% cut in pay we're about ready to get is probably going to be for 10 years or more why doesn't Parney just cut the work force by 10% and then give the 10% back to all those who are left. Sooner or later he's going to have to come to the conclusion he has no options but to cut 10% before Oct 1st of 2013. If he starts now he can have this done before the new budget comes in. If he then see's he has to cut another 10%, then he has until Dec 31st to get that done. By the time he cuts 20% of the workforce he'll have what he has until the next cut in funding comes around. This reduction in funding I suspect is going to continue for decades, so he may as well get busy.

Anonymous said...

The coming SS and Medicare entitlement surge from the retirement of the Baby Boomers is starting to ramp up. You will see a relentless attack on the budget of all federal agencies to fund Grandma & Grandpa in old age. Grandma & Grandpa vote and the politicians know it.

Anyone who is preparing a career to live off of government funding is in for a rude awakening. These cuts are just beginning and will continue year after year for the next two decades. Wake up and smell the coffee.

Anonymous said...

March 7, 2013 at 5:52 AM:

Way too logical and effective. Unfortunately, the staff at both labs has already fallen below critical mass as regards capabilities. The solution of only RIFing the deadwood would never fly so they are bending over backwards to try to maintain some effectiveness. Futile, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

March 7, 2013 at 7:32 AM

So basically you are says to meet the medicare and SS funding requirement we need to shut down all R&D nationally, NASA, cut the military by 50% immediately if not soon. "Let's Get Cracking". Such and easy fix and yet the bozos in DC can't do what they know they must do. Amazing.

Anonymous said...

March 7, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Drunk this early? "You are says.." "If not soon..." "Such and easy..." Yeah, amazing.

Anonymous said...

March 7, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I see your dementia is progressing nicely.

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