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The Senate is expected to vote as soon as today on an FY 2011 “omnibus” spending bill that integrates 12 separate spending bills that would fund most federal agencies through the end of the current fiscal year (September 20, 2011). This “omnibus” approach offers an important opportunity to secure targeted increases for specific programs such as mental illness research, supportive housing for people with mental illness experiencing chronic homelessness and veterans programs.
Congress must act on this legislation before the end of the year.
Advocates are urged to contact their Senators and House members and urge support for the “omnibus” spending bill approach, instead of the “continuing resolution.” All House and Senate offices can be reached by calling 202-224-3121.
What is at stake if Congress is only able to pass a full year “continuing resolution”?
If Congress were to reject this FY 2011 “omnibus” spending bill, and instead keep current funding levels in place for the remainder of the fiscal year, the results would dramatic for a number of key NAMI priorities. Among these are:
More information on the extreme risk to homeless programs under a “continuing resolution” is available in the following fact sheets from the National Alliance to End Homelessness:
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