August 24, 2012 - Congress will return from August recess next month following the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In September, lawmakers are expected to vote on a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government funded once the 2013 fiscal year begins on October 1, 2012. The CR will likely provide funding at current levels for six months.
Before the recess, House and Senate appropriators completed work on 11 of the 12 annual spending bills. The House Appropriations Committee did not complete a Labor/HHS/Education measure and the Senate Appropriations Committee did not finalize an Interior/Environment measure. The full House of Representatives voted on 6 spending bills while the Senate did not consider any floor votes on annual appropriations.
The House Appropriations Committee approved $132 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in their FY 2013 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. This figure represents a $14 million (or 9.6%) cut from the FY 2012 level of $146 million and is $22 million less than the President's budget request of $154 million.
[Posted by: Erin Mosley]