Congress Extends Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Continuing Resolution To April 28

2016-12-12T15:38:27+00:00 December 12, 2016|
U.S. Congress (Credit: Wikimedia commons)

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With less than an hour to go before the continuing resolution (CR) funding the federal government expired last Friday, Congress passed an extension through April 28th, narrowly averting a government shutdown. Responding to the president-elect’s request for input on Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriations, the stopgap measure pushes appropriations decisions until after President-elect Trump is sworn in. The compromise extension of the CR also includes $872 million in funding for the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, $20 million for the Food and Drug Administration Innovation account, $352 million for the National Institutes of Health Innovation account, and $500 million for states to respond to the opioid abuse crisis. Additionally, Congress is requiring the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to review the necessity of a sequester. Specifically, it allows for the OMB to delay a final sequestration report and any potential sequester order until after the continuing resolution expires April 28th, as long as the temporary spending measure does not exceed the overall $1.07 trillion limit on base discretionary spending in FY 2017. If the stopgap were to exceed the $1.07 trillion limit, the sequester would not be delayed.