NWC News Alert
Wednesday September 23, 2020
House passed bill to prevent shutdown; Senate on tap next
With the clock ticking down on the end of the fiscal year, last night the U.S. House of Representatives successfully passed the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (H.R. 8319) by a vote of 359-57. The legislation, known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), extends current FY2020 appropriations through Dec. 11and prevents a government shutdown. The measure heads to the Senate for review.
Under existing authorities, Congress only has until Sept. 30 to pass the FY2021 appropriations bills. However, to date, none of the 12 appropriations bills to fund the federal government for 2021 have been signed into law yet. That means the U.S. Senate has less than eight days to act to avert a shutdown.
In a statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stated that on the CR leadership “reached an agreement with Republicans to add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families. We also increase accountability in the Commodity Credit Corporation, preventing funds for farmers from being misused for a Big Oil bailout.”
In addition to funding provisions, the CR also would extend the National Flood Insurance Program and federal surface transportation programs until September 30, 2021.
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