Appropriations Watch 2012

With the summer nearly over, the political wires are abuzz with all things appropriations. As the deadline draws near for the fiscal year 2012 budget allocations to be finalized, the debate on spending continues.

The latest installment of The Cohen Report, Dwindling Money for Nonprofits in FY2012 Budget Appropriations by Rick Cohen at The Nonprofit Quarterly website provides an update on the appropriations process, and how nonprofits may be impacted.

Other recent developments include –

  • The Health and Human Services funding bill is currently being held up in House subcommittee due to concern over the cost, but the Senate subcommittee may move to take up the bill.
  • Yesterday, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee approved the 2012 bill that provides $158 billion in funding for programs to train workers, serve at-risk youth, reduce fraud and waste, prevent chronic disease and fund health research.
  • Today, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers introduced a continuing appropriations resolution that would keep the federal government operating until November 18, 2011.

You can follow daily appropriations activity via the House and Senate committee websites as well as politically focused news sources such as The Hill.