On September 29, a day before the end of the fiscal year, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR), H.R. 2017, to keep the government funded through October 4. In the weeks preceding the October 1 start of the fiscal year, Congress debated the addition of disaster assistance funding to the CR in the aftermath of storms that left many communities with damaged infrastructure and housing.
During the week of September 19, the House passed a CR that would have paid for disaster assistance by stripping FY11 funding from an initiative House Democrats believed would create jobs for unemployed people (see Memo, 9/23). The House passed the CR on September 22 and the Senate rejected this resolution on September 23.
On September 26, the Senate voted passed a compromise bill, H.R. 2608, which would lower the amount of disaster assistance provided and would not rescind funds from programs the Senate believes are critical job creators. At the same time, the Senate also passed a clean CR, H.R. 2017, which funds the government through October 4.
The House passed H.R. 2017 by unanimous consent on September 29 and the President signed it into law on September 30. This CR would fund the government at the level dictated in the Budget Control Act of 2011.
The House Committee on Rules is expected to take up H.R. 2608 on October 3 and the measure is expected to come to the House floor for consideration on October 4. The second CR, H.R. 2608, would fund the federal government through November 18, allowing Congress seven more weeks to negotiate and pass its 12 appropriations bills in an omnibus bill. It would also cut the “rate of operations” for government agencies by 1.409% during that period.