September 29, 2013
The U.S. House today approved a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the government open after the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013.
The legislation continues funding for government programs and services at the current, post-sequestration annual rate of $986 billion until December 15, 2013. This rate of funding will remain in place for the length of the continuing resolution, or until Congress approves the annual Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2014.
The legislation also includes several additional changes, added via amendments on the House floor. These include a one year delay in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the repeal of a tax on medical devices, and other provisions to ensure the continuation of essential federal programs and good governance of federal tax dollars.
“I applaud the House for its swift, decisive action in passing this critical legislation today,” said House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers. “As Members of Congress, we must act responsibly to keep our government open and our country on stable economic footing.”
“Once again, we send this bill to the Senate to do the right thing for this nation – and that is to pass this legislation, and prevent a government shutdown.”