On March 15, the House passed, 271-158, a continuing resolution (H. J. Res. 48) to fund the federal government through April 8. The Senate approved the measure on March 17, 87-13. The current continuing resolution (CR) (P.L. 112-4), which the president signed into law on March 2, expires on March 18 (see The Source, 3/4/11). President Obama signed the measure into law on March 18.
H. J. Res. 48 contains $3.5 billion in program cuts and terminations and eliminates $2.6 billion in earmarks for federal programs. The CR would eliminate $75 million in state health access grants provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, as provided in the president’s FY2012 budget request, and reduce funding for the Department of Justice Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants program and Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act grants by $185 million and $91 million, respectively.