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Summary: To reduce Federal spending by $2.5 trillion through fiscal year 2021. (More Info)
H.R. 408 was introduced in the 112th Congress, which has adjourned. It has not yet been reintroduced.
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This bill was introduced on January 24, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.
H.R. 408 cuts $2.5 trillion in federal government spending through 2021. H.R. 408 would change the baseline in discretionary spending, repeal certain stimulus provisions, limit the number of civilian employees in the executive branch, and cut various federal programs.
Section 506 would cut a significant amount of funds going towards federal involvement in education, including cutting funds from some early education programs.
HSLDA believes that the Constitution does not give the federal government any authority to set education policy for states and local governments. We believe that our founders intended education decisions to be left to the parents and state and local governments.
Historically, education was never a federal government responsibility, and until the last half of the previous century, it was completely left in the hands of state and local governments. As can be seen with the successes of homeschooling, education flourishes when parents and teachers have the freedom to cater to the individual students needs. Education should be as decentralized as possible. Cutting many of these federal funds would cut centralized federal funds from interfering in education reform at the state and local level.
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The Center for Freedom and Prosperity congratulates the Republican Study Committee for defunding the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as part of its Spending Reduction Act. The act lists $2.5 trillion in savings over 10 years, including the $93 million annual subsidy to the OECD.
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The new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has revealed its first attempts to begin to resolve the huge federal budget deficit. On January 24, 2011, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH/4th), Chairman of the Republican Study Group, introduced H.R. 408, “The Spending Reduction Act of 2011,” into the U.S. House of Representatives. The objective of this legislation is to reduce federal spending by $2.5 trillion through FY 2021. Chairman Jordan’s bill would repeal ARRA funding, including eliminating all remaining "stimulus" funding, totaling $45 billion. The bill would rescind all unobligated balances of the discretionary appropriations made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 effective on the date of the enactment.
According to the Republican Study Committee, “The Spending Reduction Act of 2011 reduces federal spending by $2.5 trillion over ten years. The bill will specifically hold FY 2011 non-security discretionary spending to FY 2008 levels, hold non-defense discretionary spending to FY 2006 levels thereafter for the rest of the ten-year budget window (the same level as in effect during the last year of GOP control of the Congress), and include more than 100 other program eliminations or savings proposals.”
H.R. 408 has been referred to fourteen different House Committees for an undetermined period of consideration and refinement prior to moving to the House floor for action.
Included in the projected $2.5 trillion savings is approximately $45 billion in unspent Healthcare Information Technology stimulus funding, including funding provided by the HITECH portions of ARRA. Some of the HITECH appropriations have already been obligated and spent. However, Congressional attempts to cut off HIT funding, including CMS EHR incentive funding, adds to industry confusion, compounds our efforts, and further delays our American healthcare benefiting from the quality improvement and cost control benefits that would ensue from HIT.
While H.R. 408 may be passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives at some point, it is very unlikely that such a bill would pass the Democrat-controlled Senate. In addition, the President would veto this legislation and it does not appear that there would be support to override a Presidential veto.
As our Board-approved HIMSS Public Policy Principles clearly supports EHR incentive payments to spur adoption, staff is preparing our HIMSS Legislative Action Center to oppose H.R. 408 and to help members learn more about this federal legislation and to take action to inform their elected representatives about why they are opposed to this legislation. We are also working with key House and Senate members/staff to let them know that H.R. 408 does include rescission of EHR incentive funding. We will keep you posted on developments and working with Communications on ways to share this news in a factual setting without adding to the confusion and concerns this news is raising.
On February 24, 2011, H.R. 408, the Spending Reduction Act of 2011, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (there has been no committee or floor action). This 80-page bill, initiated by the conservative Republican Study Committee, seeks to reduce federal spending by $2.5 trillion through FY 2021. Proposed cuts do cover provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (economic stimulus bill), including elements of the HITECH Act that was intended to incentivize and create an infrastructure to support widespread use of interoperable electronic health records (EHRs). Total ARRA cuts, including but not limited to HITECH, are just $45 billion out of the total $2.5 trillion.
Section 301 calls for “rescission” of unobligated appropriated stimulus funds, but all indications are that nearly all of the $2B HITECH appropriation for ONC, for such programs as State HIE funding, RECs, and Beacon Communities, has been spent or obligated, so these programs should be in no danger. Section 302, would however, IF EVER ENACTED, repeal the HIT incentives program.
Clearly, this proposed legislation has created initial anxiety within the healthcare community about the fate of federal support for health IT, especially given the substantial provider and industry investments made in anticipation of HIT incentives. On further consideration, however, the bill places HIT in less danger than many initially assumed.
H.R. 408 should be seen as a highly visible action by this group of conservative House members to fulfill campaign pledges about spending and stimulus. It is not a repudiation of federal HIT incentives or support and its HITECH provisions are one small part of a much larger bill. Nor was it introduced by House Leadership, although there are likely to be Leadership efforts to address spending and stimulus.
In addition, experts suggest that this bill is unlikely to come to the floor of the House in present form. Moreover, informed observers report that there is essentially no chance that it or any similar bill would be approved by the Senate, let alone signed by the President. Indeed, this bill, and others like it that may follow, would most likely never be formally considered in the Senate. In this regard, it is much like the recent House vote to repeal healthcare reform.
H.R. 408 was expected, given campaign pledges from House Republicans, who like many House members, are very concerned about the level and growth in federal spending. Although the House will no doubt consider this and other measures to reduce federal spending, the introduction of legislation is many, many steps removed from passage by both Houses of Congress or signing by the President.
This bill is not about the value of HIT, EHRs, or HIE. HIT and HIE continue to have very strong bi-partisan support in the Congress, including from sponsors of H.R 408; such support was also very evident in the Bush Administration under which the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT was created. We expect that this support will be clear, visible and effective as this bill, and others like it that may follow, are considered in the House.
As eHI continues to communicate the value of the HITECH programs and meaningful use incentives to the Congress, we encourage members to also advocate for the importance of HIT and, most importantly, to continue to take the steps in our daily work that justify continued federal support. The HIT incentives program has had a robust launch, with many certified EHRs, thousands of providers registered to participate, and initial incentives payments already made. Moreover, unlike other stimulus provisions, multi-year EHR incentives were always intended to start this year.
EHI and other industry groups will continue to watch this bill very carefully. We will engage in needed advocacy and education that is respectful of the goals of the sponsors of H.R. 408 while emphasizing those points that more than justify that the federal government continues to honor its HITECH commitments.
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