Congress Passes Resolution to Avoid a Shutdown

A short term funding resolution has been passed by Congress to keep the government funded through May 5.

A short term funding resolution (H.J. Res 99) has been passed by Congress to keep the government funded for another week in order to give lawmakers time to work out a longer term funding resolution for the rest of the fiscal year.

Congress passed the measure on Friday, April 28 to avoid a shutdown at the end of the day. It was signed by President Trump late Friday.

House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) introduced the measure late Wednesday. He said in a statement:

This Continuing Resolution will continue to keep the government open and operating as normal for the next several days, in order to finalize legislation to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year.

I am optimistic that a final funding package will be completed soon. It is time that this essential work is completed so that critical programs and activities – including national defense – are properly and adequately funded for the year.

The continuing resolution (CR) extends funding for operations for federal agencies, programs and services until May 5, 2017. It maintains the current budget cap level of $1.07 trillion put into place under the Budget Control Act of 2011.

The legislation continues policy and funding provisions included in currently enacted fiscal year 2016 Appropriations legislation.

The legislation also extends the December CR provision for health care benefits for retired coal miners and their dependents for the length of this CR.

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