Update: Congress Fails to Pass CR >>

October 1st, 2013

Update: Congress Fails to Pass CR

Funding for federal government operations and programs expired at Midnight last night as Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund government operations and programs on a short term basis. As a result, the federal government begins a temporary shutdown.

The House and Senate are scheduled to meet today to again consider proposals to fund government operations for FY14, which begins today, October 1, 2013. Mapetsi will continue to monitor the situation and report on any developments.

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate and House voted three times, each time rejecting the other chamber’s offer to temporarily fund government operations for FY14.

At 2:00PM Eastern Time yesterday, as expected, the U.S. Senate rejected the House – passed CR that would have imposed a 1-year delay of funding for the ACA / Obamacare. The Senate voted to table the House proposal by a vote of 54 – 46, sending a clean CR to fund the government at sequester levels through November 15, 2013.

At approximately 8:45 PM, the House again passed an FY14 CR at sequester levels, but this time added a 1-year delay of the ACA / Obamacare individual mandate and moved to cancel health-insurance subsidies for most federal employees. The House vote was 228 – 201. In a sign of possible fracturing within the parties due to political pressure, 12 Republicans voting against the measure and 9 Democrats voting in favor.

At 9:45 PM, the U.S. Senate again voted to table this version by the same vote of 54 – 46. The Senate again sent back a clean FY14 CR to fund the government through November 15, 2013.

Shortly after 1:00 AM on October 1, 2013, the House voted to appoint conferees to negotiate differences on a FY14 CR. At 9:30 AM today, the Senate is expected to reject the House offer to appoint Senate conferees. If that happens, the House will again consider yet another version of the CR or it could move to accept the Senate passed CR through November 15, 2013.

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