Funding for FY 2017 will once again proceed in stopgap fashion, with Congress set to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that will last until December 9th, if the two parties can agree on the elements included in the CR.
So far, the House has been unable to agree on a bill.
The Senate today voted down HR 5325, a 10-week CR and full year funding for Military Construction and VA funding, as well as funding to combat the Zika virus. The bill does not contain money to replace toxic pipes in Flint, Michigan, where lead has seeped into home water systems. The lack of that provision, as well as the fact that the bill continues to block the SEC from requiring disclosure of certain campaign contributions by the companies it regulates, meant that many Senators voted against this version of the CR earlier this afternoon.
The Senate is expected to vote again on a CR on Thursday, with negotiations continuing this afternoon and Wednesday. In the meantime, the House is considering passing a very short-term CR, perhaps for a few days, to give time for negotiations to continue without a government shutdown.
As you see, the situation is very fluid. I will keep you updated on further action on a CR as soon as it happens.