CONGRESS PASSES FINAL FY12 FUNDING PACKAGE: SPENDING PACKAGE INCLUDES VITAL FUNDING FOR CNCS PROGRAMS
Congress has approved H.R. 2055, a nine-bill appropriations “megabus” that will fund government operations through September 30, 2012. The legislation includes funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which the House of Representatives proposed to eliminate in earlier spending bills.
Congress rejected a House bill that included a 74% spending cut to CNCS and called for the elimination of AmeriCorps, VISTA, NCCC, the Social Innovation Fund and the Volunteer Generation Fund. Instead, they approved legislation that provides $1.05 billion in funding for CNCS, a $24.7 million or 2.3% reduction from fiscal year 2011. The Senate Appropriations Committee has indicated there will at least one small cut across all discretionary spending programs that will impact the final funding figures. Voices for National Service will provide additional information on funding allocations by account as soon as they are publically available.
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