H.R. 1473 - Department of Defense and Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
April 14, 2011
H.R. 1473, Department of Defense and Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY)
HR 1473 provides appropriations for the Department of Defense and all other federal agencies through the remainder of fiscal year 2011. The bill implements the agreement between the House, Senate and the Administration for completing action on all FY 2011 appropriations.
Total non-emergency discretionary budget authority for Fiscal Year 2011, as scored by the Congressional Budget Office will be $1.050 trillion. This is $38 billion below the level provided in the continuing resolution enacted by the Democrats at the end of last year. It includes $13 billion in reductions already enacted into law since March 4, 2011, plus nearly $27 billion in additional new spending cuts. Total Budget Authority will be $78.5 billion below President Obama’s discretionary budget request for Fiscal Year 2011. The Congressional Budget Office score for the bill is available here: http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/121xx/doc12140/hr1473.pdf .
HR 1473 turns around the trajectory of Washington’s unsustainable spending binge best symbolized by the Democrats’ failed stimulus bill of 2009. By demonstrating that our political system is capable of reining in uncontrolled spending, it sends a signal to job creators in the private sector that government will not continue to grow at a rate crowding out private investment and making tax increases inevitable. It also sets the table for reducing spending in the future. Removing nearly $40 billion in spending from the federal ledger in FY 2011 compounds to $315 billion in savings over the next decade compared to CBO’s baseline projections for discretionary spending, according to the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee.
At the account level, the bill challenges the notion that government programs are immortal by terminating more than 55 of them, including 40 ineffective programs at the Department of Education. The bill cuts spending at the Environmental Protection Agency by 16 percent, and reduces spending on Congressional staff and office expenses in the House of Representatives by 5 percent. The bill cuts $2.9 billion from high-speed rail projects. Other cuts include $377 million from the U.S. contribution to the United Nations and other international organizations, and a $130 million cut to international banks and financial institutions. A list of all the cuts may be viewed here: http://appropriations.house.gov/_files/41211ProgramCutsListFinalFY2011CR.pdf .
In addition to these important savings, the bill also ensures that our troops will be paid. The bill provides base funding for the Department of Defense of $513 billion, a $5 billion increase over last year’s level. The bill also provides $157.8 billion in emergency funding for the Global War on Terror, supporting our operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places where American troops are facing hostile fire.
Important policy provisions will also be enacted under HR 1473. The Administration will be blocked from closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and from bringing any of the detainees there to the Continental United States. The District of Columbia will be prevented from using any congressionally appropriated funds (no matter what the original source) to pay for abortions, and the Senate and House will hold separate votes on ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates.
The bill begins to repeal elements of Obamacare, rescinding $2.2 billion of the $6 billion in startup funds provided to the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program that some observers have characterized as “a back door to a public plan flying under a different flag.” The bill also repeals section 10108 ”free choice” vouchers subsidizing insurance purchases on government-created health care exchanges for persons with incomes up to 400% of poverty. It also blocks increased hiring by the IRS requested by the President to enforce Obamacare’s individual mandate and other revenue provisions. In addition, the House and Senate will also take a separate vote on defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) and the health care provisions of the related reconciliation act, PL 111-152.
Adoption of HR 1473 will demonstrate that elections have consequences, and that our government is finally listening to the American people. Members are urged to support HR 1473.
Provided by House Republican Leadership and the House Appropriations Committee.