Early this morning the Senate passed S. Con. Res. 3, a FY 2017 Budget Resolution.
This resolution, which passed largely along party lines by a vote of 51 to 48, sets broad funding guidelines for the current fiscal year. Federal agency funding for FY 2017, which began on October 1, 2016, will run out on April 28, 2017.
The resolution also provides for “reconciliation,” a procedure that will allow a future budget bill to be considered without being subject to a filibuster in the Senate and, therefore, subject to a 51 vote majority for approval rather than a 60 vote threshold, which applies in most instances. Senate leadership has indicated it will use this reconciliation procedure for legislation not yet introduced, which will repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The House is expected to consider S. Con. Res. 3 as early as tomorrow.
I will keep you informed of any further actions related to this legislation as they occur.