House com­mit­tee un­veils short-term spend­ing bill

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The House Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee in­tro­duced a short-term spend­ing bill that in­cludes mil­lions in cuts to fed­eral health­care pro­grams while the House, Se­nate and White House try to reach agree­ment on a longer-term fund­ing bill for the rest of the fis­cal year. The House this month ap­proved a mas­sive spend­ing bill that sought to cut more than $60 bil­lion in gov­ern­ment spend­ing com­pared with fis­cal 2010 lev­els and about $100 bil­lion from the fis­cal 2011 re­quest that Pres­i­dent Barack Obama re­quested, but was not en­acted. That con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion in­cluded bil­lions in cuts to health­care, as well as sev­eral amend­ments to de­fund last year’s health­care re­form law. Fed­eral lawmakers must agree on leg­is­la­tion to con­tinue fund­ing the gov­ern­ment by March 4, when the cur­rent fund­ing mech­a­nism ex­pires. The new bill would ter­mi­nate eight gov­ern­ment pro­grams, none of which fall un­der HHS. But it would seek to cut fund­ing for cer­tain HHS pro­grams and agen­cies, in­clud­ing $397 mil­lion from the Health Re­sources and Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion, $21 mil­lion for the Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion, $15 mil­lion for the Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion, $3 mil­lion for pro­gram man­age­ment at CMS, and $2 mil­lion from de­part­men­tal man­age­ment in the HHS sec­re­tary’s of­fice.

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