Continuing Resolution

Congress extends the FY2017 CR until April 28, 2017

Final action on the 11 remaining FY2017 appropriations bills must wait until the new Congress and the new administration take office in January. With the Dec 9 expiration date for the current continuing resolution (CR) looming, the House voted (326-96) and the Senate went along (63-36) to approve an extension of the CR (H.R. 2028) [...]

Carter urges Congress to avoid long-term CR for FY2017

With Congress appearing ready to consider a long-term continuing resolution (CR) well into next year (possibly until May 2017), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter warned of the detrimental effects on U.S. national security of such action. In a letter to congressional leaders, Carter called the prospect of operating under a CR for nearly two-thirds of [...]

FY2017 Military Construction/VA appropriations bill stands alone as Congress seen likely to extend CR into next year

With the end of the current FY2017 Continuing Resolution (CR) set to run out on December 9, Congress appears likely to pass an extension until March 2017. Congressional Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress seem ready to defer action on the final 11 remaining FY2017 appropriations bills until March 2017.  There had been [...]

Congress passes FY2017 CR to avert government shutdown

Yesterday, Congress approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will keep the government running until December 9, 2016.  The House passed the CR (H.R. 5325) by a bipartisan vote of 342-85 as 170 Republicans and 172 Democrats voted for passage.  Earlier in the day, the Senate passed the CR 72-26. The president is expected to sign [...]

Congress returns to address Zika funding and avoid a government shutdown

Congress returns this week (after a seven-week recess) with less than four weeks until the end of the fiscal year and nine weeks until the November elections. Facing this time constraint on FY2017 funding and the desire by members to get back out on the campaign trail, House and Senate leaders will meet this week [...]

Congress passes another short-term CR to allow time to vote on FY2016 appropriations and tax extender deals

Congressional Republicans and Democrats completed a deal on FY2016 appropriations and a package of tax provisions, but needed another short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), H.R. 2250, to allow time for votes in both the House and Senate. The CR extension passed the House and Senate today by voice vote before the current CR runs out at [...]

Congress extends CR to avoid government shutdown

Unable to complete action on a FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill before the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires today, Congress passed a short-term CR until Wednesday, December 16. The Senate passed the CR on Thursday by voice vote and the House approved the bill today by a voice vote. The White House has said the president [...]

OMB provides operating guidance to agencies for FY2016 CR

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued guidance setting the rules under which federal agencies will operate during the FY2016 Continuing Resolution (CR) enacted (H.R. 719) last week. The CR period runs from October 1 through December 11, 2015. Under guidance in a memo from Director Shaun Donovan, OMB will apportion (distribute funds [...]

Congress passes CR to keep government running until December 11

This afternoon, the House passed (277-151) a Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds federal government agencies through December 11, 2015. In the final vote, 91 Republicans joined all voting Democrats (186) in passing the CR. Earlier today, the Senate passed the CR 78-20 as 32 Republicans joined all 44 Democrats and two Independents (who caucus as [...]

Senate blocks vote on proposed CR that excludes funding for Planned Parenthood

Today, the Senate defeated a motion to proceed to a vote on a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fund the government until December 11, 2015, but provide no funding for Planned Parenthood in FY2016. The 47-52 vote fell far short of the 60 yes votes needed to proceed to a vote on the CR. Eight [...]

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