Budget Brief 11-16
November 18, 2011

On November 17, 2011, the House and Senate approved the first appropriation bill for fiscal year (FY) 2012, a “minibus” that includes funding for the departments of Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and related agencies. The bill (H.R. 2112) includes an extension of the continuing resolution (CR) that funds all programs for which appropriations have not been enacted. The CR continues a 1.5% across-the-board (ATB) cut for such programs, and is in effect through December 16, 2011.

Table 1, FFIS’s Jim Martin Table, summarizes the funding levels included in the minibus for major programs of importance to states. More than half of the total annual discretionary funding listed in Table 1 is provided by this bill. Every department affected by H.R. 2112 experienced grant funding reductions for the programs included on Table 1: -19% for justice, -2.9% for housing and urban development, and -3.3% for transportation. This brief provides more detail on the relevant provisions of the minibus for state grant programs.