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Media Report On Additional FY11 Budget Details

Multiple news outlets examined the proposed reductions of the FY11 spending measure that was released on Tuesday.

The budget deal “will result in reductions in military spending and foreign aid, including millions of dollars in reductions for the United Nations and a fund that fights world hunger and poverty,” the Associated Press reports.

“The State Department and foreign operations would get $48.3 billion, an $8.4 billion reduction from Obama’s proposal and a cut of $504 million from last year. … On foreign aid, the White House and congressional leaders agreed to significant across-the-board cuts. … The Global Agriculture and Food Security Fund, created to fight world hunger and poverty, would get just $100 million, far less than the $408 million than Obama sought,” the AP writes. “The negotiators agreed to cuts in the millions for international banks, the U.N. Population Fund and international narcotics control and law enforcement programs,” according to the AP (4/13).

CQ notes that some international programs did receive a boost. According to the news service, “global health and child survival programs, a top priority for the Obama administration and a main target of [a previous House-passed FY11 budget bill], will receive $7.8 billion in funding – $66 million more than in fiscal 2010 and $850 million more than what the House proposed for the rest of the year” (Cadei, 4/12).

The National Institutes of Health will receive $30.7 billion, which is $260 million below the FY10 level, according to Science’s “Science Insider” blog (Kaiser, 4/12). 

The House vote on the bill has been delayed until Thursday “to allow members more time to read the legislation,” CQ reports. “Senate leaders are still aiming to hold their votes Thursday on the spending plan and two accompanying policy resolutions, a Democratic leadership aide said Tuesday, but nothing is set in stone,” according to the news service. “The spending package must be sent to Obama for his signature ahead of the April 15 expiration of the current stopgap spending law to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the week” (Goldfarb, 4/12).

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