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House Passes Six-month Funding Extension

September 14, 2012—The House of Representatives Sept. 13 approved a six-month continuing resolution (CR, H.J. Res. 117) to keep the federal government running through March 27, 2013.  The vote was 329-91.

Since the CR is prorated at a $1.047 trillion annual rate, consistent with the FY 2013 cap mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 [P.L. 112-25], the bill temporarily increases funding by 0.6 percent, across the board. However, the bill does not alter the sequester, so without Congressional action before the end of the calendar year, discretionary programs will be cut by at least 7.8 percent on January 2, 2013.

The bill continues funding for the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) at last year’s level, including $6.4 billion in BCA disaster designated funding. This funding is used to provide relief and recovery efforts following disasters, such as the recent Hurricane Isaac. The bill also provides $88.5 billion in war-related funding for Department of Defense (DOD) Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), the amount requested by the administration.

The Senate is expected to approve the CR before adjourning Sept. 20.


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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