House Passes Continuing Resolution to Keep Government Funded Through Election

The House of Representatives passed on September 22 a continuing resolution (CR) to extend current funding for federal agencies and programs through December 11. The bill (HR 8337) passed out of the House by a vote of 359-57 and is expected to pass the Senate and be signed by the president early next week.

Congress has until October 1 to either authorize new appropriations bills for the upcoming fiscal year or pass a CR to keep the federal government funded and avoid a government shutdown. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) committed to passing a “clean” CR free from potentially problematic amendments or anomalies that might otherwise stall the CR’s passage, although the bill replenishes aid for farmers impacted by COVID-19 and provides new or extended funding for nutrition assistance.

If the bill passes the Senate and is signed by the president, Congress will have until December 11 to authorize appropriations bills for fiscal year 2021, pass another CR, or face a government shutdown.

Read the bill text here: