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Senate passes substitute CR

March 20, 2013

The U.S. Senate today voted 73-26 to approve 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 (H.R. 933) 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 CR now must return to the House, which is expected to accept and approve the changes. The current CR expires March 27.