Update on Senate Action Regarding Fiscal Year 2018

The U.S. Senate passed an emergency spending and government funding measure.

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan measure (H. Res. 502) by a vote of 419-3 to provide approximately $8 billion to FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Hurricane Harvey emergency recovery efforts.

Seal of the United States SenateToday, the U.S. Senate passed an emergency spending and government funding measure (H.R. 601) by a vote of 80-17. The package includes $15.25 billion in hurricane recovery relief funds (specifically $7.4 Billion for FEMA, $7.4 Billion for Community Development Block Grants, and $450 million for the SBA). Additionally, the measure includes a Continuing Resolution (CR) to allow agencies to operate through Friday, December 8, thereby averting a shutdown on October 1. Federal agencies will be required to offset their Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 rate of operations during this time period by 0.6791 percent. The measure also includes a debt limit suspension, preventing a default.

The House must now act on the Senate-passed bill before it can be sent to the President for his signature.

I will keep you updated on further developments.