Will Budget Standoff Lead to Government Shutdown on April 8?

Federal budget talks continue, but the clock is ticking. As of Friday morning, April 8, there was no agreement in Congress on a new FY’11 budget. The deadline is midnight April 8, and government agencies are implementing contingency plans for a government shutdown.

MENC continues to follow the FY’11 budget talks as some lawmakers look past the current deadlock. On Tuesday, the GOP released a proposed FY’12 FY budget resolution. The FY’12 budget resolution opens on proposed spending cuts of $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next ten years.

Nancy Townes, MENC director of government relations and advocacy communications, tracks budget and other issues on “MENC Advocacy Groundswell.” This new online community is for members and other music education supporters who are interested in participating in advocacy initiatives, discussing advocacy issues, and keeping current with advocacy news.

Join MENC Advocacy Groundswell and follow budget developments and other issues of interest to music educators.

Roz Fehr, April 8, 2011. © MENC: The National Association for Music Education