Senate Passes Another FY 2011 Stopgap Appropriations Measure
Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed another stopgap appropriations measure for fiscal year (FY) 2011 by a vote of 87 to 13. The Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments (H.J.RES.48) extended funding for the federal government until April 8, giving Republicans and Democrats three more weeks to debate deeper budget cuts for the current fiscal year. This would be the sixth Continuing Resolution in FY 2011.
Approximately $6 billion in cuts were made to specified federal programs and projects. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding for the EHR Incentive Program (“meaningful use”) was not among the victims. Other radiology interests, including the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration/Center for Devices and Radiological Health, were also left untrimmed.
H.J.RES.48 passed the House on March 15 by a vote of 271 to 158. It is expected to be signed into law by President Obama shortly.