December 8th, 2017 – Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Fund Federal Government Through December 22nd >>

December 8th, 2017

Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Fund Federal Government Through December 22nd

On the afternoon of December 7th, the House passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 22nd by a vote of 235-193, and the Senate quickly followed by passing the CR 81-14. Congress will now have another two weeks to try to come to an agreement to fund the government through FY 2018, as well as decide on a number of policy issues that Republicans and Democrats would like to see included in a final bill.

Although Republicans control the House and Senate, they will need at least 8 Democratic Senators to support a final bill giving Democrats some leverage on spending levels and on policy issues. Outstanding issues include overall spending levels for both defense and non-defense discretionary programs (which includes BIA and IHS), funding for a border wall, defunding Planned Parenthood, resolution of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) issue, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which could also include funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, and healthcare legislation to address the individual insurance marketplace. Complicating the differences between Republicans and Democrats on all of these issues are also the competing priorities of different factions of Republicans.

It remains unclear if Congress will be able to resolve all or any of these issues by December 22nd, setting up another possible government shutdown or more likely another CR into January, 2018.

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