Today the House passed S. Con. Res. 3, a FY 2017 Budget Resolution. This resolution, which passed largely along party lines by a vote of 227 to 198, 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. House and Senate leadership have indicated it will use this reconciliation procedure for legislation not yet introduced, which will repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate passed S. Con. Res. 3 yesterday. Budget Resolutions provide guidelines and directives to Congressional Committees and do not have the force of law so a Presidential signature is not needed. S. Con. Res. 3 includes a deadline of January 27, 2017, for Congressional Committees to report out legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act.
NTEU will be working to ensure that such legislation does not have a negative impact on our members, and I will keep you informed as further action on this issue takes place.