Today, the U.S. House of Representatives has cleared the Senate-passed measure (H.R. 601) to provide approximately $15 billion in hurricane recovery relief funds by a vote of 316-90. Importantly, the legislative package also includes a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will keep agencies funded into the new Fiscal Year (FY) through Friday, December 8, thereby averting a shutdown on October 1. In general, federal agencies will be required to offset their FY 2017 rate of operations during this time period by 0.6791 percent. The measure also includes a debt limit suspension, preventing a default, and now heads to the President for enactment.
While I am pleased that a shutdown has been averted at the end of this month, agencies and employees again face an upcoming deadline regarding a potential shutdown and default, as well as uncertainty regarding agency funding for the rest of FY 2018.
I will keep you updated on further developments as Congress determines its fall agenda.