As funding for the Federal Government is set to expire Friday night, December 22, Congress and the Administration appear to be no closer to reaching a spending agreement than they did before the weekend. Last week, House Republican leadership released a planned funding measure (H.J. Res. 124; the so-called ‘CRomnibus’) which would fund the Department of Defense for the rest of Fiscal Year 2018 at a level higher than what current law allows (the Budget Control Act) while keeping all other federal agencies on a short-term spending plan at current funding levels that runs through January 19, 2018. However, Senate Republicans and Democrats quickly rejected the measure, as not having the necessary votes to clear the Senate, and congressional Democrats once again called for parity in raising overall defense and non-defense spending levels. Moreover, there continues to be disagreement over whether to add to the spending measure a third disaster relief bill or address certain health care and immigration issues. Continue reading “Update on Government Funding”
Congress and the Administration have until midnight Friday, December 22, to fund the Government.