Employment Law Report

Proposed Budget Cuts Announced by House Appropriations Committee Chairman

By Edwin S. Hopson

On April 12, 2011, the House Appropriations Chairman, Hal Rogers, announced the proposed details of the nearly $40 billion in spending cuts agreed to last Friday for the remainder of fiscal year 2011.  Over the weekend, Rogers’ committee “went line-by-line” through each agency’s budget and came up with a detailed outline of where the cuts will take place.  See http://appropriations.house.gov

Labor, Education and related agencies are slated for a $5.5 billion or 3.36% cut from 2010 fiscal year spending levels, according to the Committee’s posting on its website.  This includes a reduction of $49 million for occupational safety and health.  In addition, all non-defense government accounts will be reduced by .2% across the board during the remainder of this fiscal year which ends September 30, 2011.

The legislation must now be voted on by both the House and Senate and signed into law by President Obama.