September 14, 2012 – With Congress back in session following the August recess, the House has cleared an FY 2013 Continuing Resolution (CR) and the Senate is expected to take up the measure next week. The six-month stopgap (HJ Res 117) will avoid a government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins on October 1. The CR makes adjustments to some specific agencies and programs and also applies an across-the-board funding increase. This brings the base discretionary total to $1.047 trillion; the amount permitted under the budget caps enacted last summer.
Under the terms of the CR bill language, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) would see an increase of 0.612% (or $893,649) over the FY 2012 level of $146,021,000 for the duration of the CR.
Earlier this year, the House Appropriations Committee approved $132 million for the NEH in their FY 2013 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. This figure represented a $14 million (or 9.6%) cut from the FY 2012 level and is $22 million less than the President's budget request of $154 million.
[Posted by: Erin Mosley]