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Shutdown Averted, Details Slow to Come

Posted by Jerry Duchene Saavedra on April 11, 2011

 

 

Last Friday, at the 11th hour (literally), the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the White House came to an agreement on funding the government for the remainder of the FY11 fiscal year and avoided a government shutdown. Since they didn’t have the time necessary to draft the deal into legislative language and get everything through the new process (i.e. requirement for bills to be posted online for 72 hours before being voted on, etc.) they passed a one week CR to keep the government funded while they cross the t’s and dot the i’s on the compromise deal.

While the avoidance of a shutdown is relatively good news for the country at large, we are still waiting to find out the details of the deal and specifically how the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) fared. All we know at this point is that the deal cuts $78.5 billion from the President’s 2011 Budget request, $13 billion of which comes from the Labor/Education/Health & Human Service portfolio of which the CNCS is in.  The full details are expected to be released tonight around 11PM EDT.

The ServeNext team will be keeping a close eye on this and as details develop we will make sure to keep you informed. If you are on Facebook, I strongly encourage you to like the ServeNext Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates on this situation and other important national service news.

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