December 7, 2017
The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation to maintain current funding for federal operations and prevent a government shutdown. The Continuing Resolution (CR) is a stopgap measure that will extend government funding until December 22, 2017. In absence of this legislation, existing funding would run out tomorrow, December 8, 2017.
Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, the sponsor of the resolution, made the following statement on the legislation:
“This legislation will prevent a government shutdown and preserve vital federal programs that Americans rely on. This is critical to our nation’s stability, our national security, our economic health, and the wellbeing of the American people.
“This simple, clean extension provides funding for government programs through December 22, and will allow additional time for House and Senate leadership to reach a deal on overall topline spending levels for this fiscal year. It is absolutely vital that all 12 of the regular fiscal year 2018 Appropriations bills be negotiated with the Senate and signed into law. My Committee will go to work immediately to complete these essential bills once an agreement on these spending levels is reached.”