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November 17th, 2016

Congress in Discussions to Pass Short-Term Continuing Resolution; Fund the Government Until March 2017

Today, House Congressional leaders announced that they will seek to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government for FY17. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers noted that any CR would provide funding until March 31, 2017.
A CR maintains the current funding level for federal agencies, with no increases or decreases that may have been included during the appropriations process.

By waiting until early next year, the GOP Congress will have more leverage under the Trump administration to get spending priorities and policy riders into law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is less enthusiastic about the prospect of delaying federal funding decisions, as the Senate will have time consuming judicial and cabinet confirmations to contend with at the beginning of 2017.

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