CR 6.0 Update

As we move toward the midway point for FY 2011, the federal government is operating under its third Continuing Resolution (CR), a CR that expires at midnight on March 18, 2011. However, the U.S. House and Senate have voted on three other CR’s in just the last week.

On March 9, 2011, the Senate held two votes that would have funded the government through the remainder of the fiscal year. One vote was on H.R. 1, the House-passed CR that would cut $100 billion in spending from the President's FY 2011 request. A second vote was on a Democratic alternative that would cut half that amount. Both bills were defeated, leaving the need for Congress to pass another CR before the current one expires.

On March 15, 2011, the U.S. House passed another short-term CR that makes $6 billion in cuts, none of which reduce research funding at NIH, NSF, or IES. This one is set to expire on April 8, 2011. The Senate is expected to vote on the latest CR on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Members of both parties are growing frustrated with short-term CRs, but the path to compromise on a spending bill that will complete FY 2011 is at this time unclear.