April 26, 2017
House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today introduced a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J.Res. 99) to continue funding for federal programs and services until May 5, 2017.
Chairman Frelinghuysen gave the following statement on the introduction of this CR:
“This Continuing Resolution will continue to keep the government open and operating as normal for the next several days, in order to finalize legislation to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year.
“I am optimistic that a final funding package will be completed soon. It is time that this essential work is completed so that critical programs and activities – including national defense – are properly and adequately funded for the year.”
Length and Level of Funding – The CR extends funding for operations for federal agencies, programs and services until May 5, 2017. It maintains the current budget cap level of $1.07 trillion put into place under the Budget Control Act of 2011.
The legislation continues policy and funding provisions included in currently enacted fiscal year 2016 Appropriations legislation.
The legislation also extends the December CR provision for health care benefits for retired coal miners and their dependents for the length of this CR. This provision protects coal miners and their families from losing health care benefits.