Congress Averts Shutdown, Passes 10 Week Continuing Resolution

Oct. 14, 2015

On Sept. 30, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) and avoided a government shutdown. The Senate passed the CR by a vote of 78-20, and the House passed the measure by a vote of 277-151. California Republican Reps. Hunter and McClintock voted no; all other members of the California congressional delegation voted in support of the bill. President Obama then signed the bill, funding the federal government through Dec. 11. The CR did not include controversial provisions, or any language related to de-funding Planned Parenthood. These issues were left to the reconciliation process, which is ongoing.

On Sept. 29, the House Ways and Means Committee advanced reconciliation by a party line vote of 23-14. This bill included several provisions to amend the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including repealing the individual and employer mandates, the so-called “Cadillac tax,” and the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which is the 15 member agency established in the ACA to recommend Medicare and Medicaid cuts.

The Ways and Means bill also included repeal of the medical device excise tax. On Sept. 30, both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Workforce Committee voted on their reconciliation bills, also by party-line votes. The Energy and Commerce bill’s key provisions blocks federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year, redirecting funds to community health centers, and repeals the ACA Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Education and Workforce bill repeals the auto-enrollment mandate. All three reconciliation bills now head to the House Budget Committee, which will review and combine the bills before sending one to the President’s desk, where we expect it will be vetoed.

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