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