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House Passes Compromise Continuing Resolution for FY 2011

Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act for FY 2011 (H.R. 1473) by a vote of 260 to 167 with 59 defectors from the Republican side.  H.R. 1473 is the compromise budget bill worked out by the Administration, House, and Senate leaders late last Friday.  Most experts expect the Senate to pass the bill later tonight, barring a surprise.

Unlike the House-passed, Senate-defeated H.R. 1, the compromise bill does not include language that would rescind unobligated American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, or “economic stimulus”) funds.  After a quick skim-through, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT appears to be largely unaffected except for a roughly 0.2 percent cut on all non-defense discretionary spending.

On an interesting note, the compromise bill requires that the Government Accountability Office perform an audit of expenditures made for comparative effectiveness research (CER) through ARRA or Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or “healthcare reform”) funds provided to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other HHS agencies.  The compromise also features a roughly 1 percent reduction for NIH from FY 2010 levels (after adding up the various reductions to NIH programs and infrastructure).

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