Congress finally agreed on an appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011—half way into the budget year that began in October—after sliding along on a series of continuing resolutions. Since the appropriations bill are ostensibly the only thing Congress must pass every year, IW humbly proposes a rule that disallows the consideration of any other bill in the House of Representatives, where appropriations must originate, until after an appropriations bill has passed in that chamber. A similar restriction would apply to the Senate once it received the bill for consideration. Enough crazy speculation about how I think things ought to be.
The appropriations included $38 million in cuts for this fiscal year. They were across the board and hit environmental and infrastructure programs. Here are some links from more diligent writers for our more diligent readers.
Budget deal cuts clean water, hurts communities and economy (Public Works, April 15, 2011)
Congress passes budget bill that Yarmuth and Paul oppose (Bailey, P. M., WFPL, April 14, 2011)
Congress passes budget cuts (Felkins, J., DeKalb County Journal-Times, April 14, 2011)
Congress passes spending bill, averting shutdown (Condon, S., & Montopoli, B., CBS News, April 14, 2011)
Obama’s high-speed rail gets $1.5 billion slashed in budget deal (Stein, S., Huffington Post, April 11, 2011)
Thought 2011 budget battle was messy? Wait for the next round (Lightman, D., Talev, M., & Douglas, W., McClatchy Newspapers, April 14, 2011)