President Signs Short-Term Continuing Resolution to December 22
December 8, 2017
Late on Friday, December 8, President Trump signed the short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) which funds the government through Friday December 22. The House and Senate had passed the bill on December 7, clearing it for the Presidentís signature. The new CR simply changes the expiration date of the previous CR from December 8 to December 22, so all provisions in the previous CR, including the prohibition on modifying NIH support for facilities and administrative expenses (F&A), remain in effect.
The two week extension allows Congressional negotiators time to try to finalize details of a budget deal to address discretionary spending caps, among other issues. Once a budget agreement is achieved, Congress is expected to propose another CR extending into the New Year to allow lawmakers to finalize work on the remaining FY2018 spending bills under the revised spending caps.
Congress Proposes Short-Term Continuing Resolution to December 22
December 4, 2017
With the current Continuing Resolution (CR) set to expire on December 8, House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) on December 2 introduced a two-week CR that would extend all provisions in the current CR until December 22.
Chairman Frelinghuysen confirmed reports that the two-week CR is meant to allow lawmakers more time to reach a deal on Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget caps. Once that agreement is reached, appropriators will work with Senate leaders to draft and approve the 12 spending bills in light of the adjusted top-line spending levels. A possible second short-term CR into January would allow appropriators to complete their work, if necessary.