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Senate begins debate on substitute CR

March 12, 2013

The Senate Appropriations Committee last night introduced a substitute amendment to the House-passed continuing resolution that would fund the government through September while adding appropriations and flexibility for certain agencies, without increasing overall funding. Among other changes, the bipartisan legislation includes a $71 million increase for the National Institutes of Health and would require the administration to obligate all fiscal year 2013 funds appropriated for community health centers. The legislation retains the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that took effect March 1 under the Budget Control Act, including the 2% reduction to providers’ Medicare payments. The current CR expires March 27.