September 30, 2015
The U.S. House today approved a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to maintain federal operations and prevent a government shutdown at midnight tonight.
The legislation continues funding for government programs and services until December 11, 2015, and maintains the existing spending cap put into place by the Budget Control Act of 2013. This federal funding will continue for the length of the continuing resolution, or until Congress approves the annual Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2016. The legislation does not contain controversial provisions or riders.
House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers gave the following statement on the passage of the CR:
“Once again, Congress has had to act on a short-term funding bill to keep the lights on in government. This yearly, destabilizing practice is bad for the U.S. economy, bad for the reliability of important government programs – including our national defense – and wastes federal money by arbitrarily postponing actions that make better use of taxpayer dollars.
“However, this legislation is absolutely necessary, as the alternative – a government shutdown – is reckless and irresponsible.
“It is crucial that Congress fulfill its constitutional duty and enact actual, line-by-line Appropriations legislation for the next fiscal year. To do this, a larger budget agreement must be enacted. This Continuing Resolution will allow time for such an agreement to be reached, and for the annual Appropriations work to ensue.
“The legislation is simple: It ensures Americans continue to have access to government programs and services, it prevents unnecessary economic harm caused by a government shutdown, it maintains the budget cap level, and it is free of controversial riders. While this isn’t the best way to budget, it will get us past the current deadline and move us forward in addressing the larger fiscal challenges facing our nation.”