Congress Passes Continuing Resolution, Narrowly Avoids Government Shutdown
Oct. 10, 2016
After weeks of negotiations, the Senate and House finally passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government funded and operational through Dec. 9, 2016 (Public Law 114-223). On Sept. 29, the President signed the measure into law, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown.
In addition to funding federal agencies at their fiscal year 2016 levels, the measure also includes $1.1 billion in funding for Zika response, and $500 million to Louisiana and other states facing natural disasters. Both chambers have finished voting and will stand in recess until the week of November 14.
Neither the House’s (21st Century Cures) or Senate’s (Innovation for Healthier Americans) innovation initiative advanced as part of the CR during September, largely due to disagreements over whether and how to provide increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), given that many offsets initially marked for this purpose when the House bill passed last summer have since been used for other bills. Congress continues to explore acceptable offsets to fund implementation of the legislation. Nonetheless, bipartisan House and Senate leadership remain united and vocal in their commitment to advance these innovation initiatives during lame duck, after the elections.
Questions? Please contact Jenny Carey, CLSA’s Vice President of Federal Government Relations & Alliance Development (JCarey@califesciences.org).