US House Passed H.R. 1 - Including $1.3 Billion in Cuts to Health Centers

US House Passed H.R. 1 - Including $1.3 Billion in Cuts to Health Centers

The U.S. House completed consideration of H.R.1, the FFY2011 Continuing Resolution that was largely debated last week.  The measure passed early Saturday morning with a 235 – 189 vote (Roll no. 147) (2/19, 4:40a.m.).  Advocates of health centers poured in hundreds of calls and messages to Congressional offices.   At the end of the day, proposed cuts of $1.3B from the President’s budget request or $1B from the prior year annual discretionary appropriation for health centers were included in the measure.  The cut proposed in the House version represents a 45% cut to the health center annual appropriation (from $2.19B).  The reduction would potentially close 127 health center locations established with two-year ARRA stimulus awards including 6 locations in Oklahoma, remove support health centers received in ARRA Increased Demand for Services awards through which access for 3 million patients was added, and eliminate the opportunity for the hundreds of New Access Point applications across the country that were submitted in the last funding opportunity.

The work of health center advocates is far from complete.  Attention now turns to the development of a Senate version of a spending proposal, and subsequently a reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of the bill.

 Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Inouye (D-HI) issued the following press release of H.R. 1, February 15:  Chairman Inouye Releases Analysis of House CR Proposal.

House and Senate members are in their respective districts this week, and are scheduled to reconvene this Monday, February 28.