congress needs more time to avoid shutdown

Congress Needs More Time to Avoid Shutdown

Congress has known since it passed a bipartisan budget deal at the end of October that it would need to draft appropriations bills to adhere to new agency budget levels by midnight on December 11, or the government would shut down.

Following two months of drafting and negotiating, lawmakers will need more time to reach a government funding agreement.

Negotiations have stalled over inclusion of policy riders, such as lifting the crude oil export ban and efforts to roll back the Administration’s environmental policies and regulations, into the omnibus appropriations package.

Other issues, such as refugee policy and the fate of dozens of popular expiring tax provisions that Congress frequently extends, and stymieing negotiators. 

The President has indicated he would sign a very short term continuing resolution (CR) to allow Congress time to finalize their deal, but stressed that an extended CR would not be signed nor should extra negotiation time be devoted to the policy riders already opposed by the Administration and which could result in a veto.

A short-term CR lasting through December 16 has been introduced to provide negotiators extra time to work out issues on the $1.1 trillion government spending bill.

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