Congress recessed for the fall elections without passing any
of the twelve individual fiscal year 2011 appropriations bills. FY 2011 began on October 1.
The Congress passed legislation, known as a continuing resolution, to temporarily fund federal agencies until early-December at current FY 2010 levels.
President Obama will send his proposed FY 2012 budget to Congress in early-February. No matter which party controls Congress, severe cuts are anticipated in discretionary, non-defense related spending. This does not bode well for funding of programs of interest to the historical and archival communities.