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Congress Passes Continuing Resolution Through Dec. 11

Friday, September 19, 2014   (0 Comments)
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On Thursday, Sept.18, the U.S. Senate approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) that provides ongoing funding for all federal programs including the Prevention and Public Health Block Grant and CDC base appropriations through Dec. 11, 2014. The bill was previously approved by the House and is expected to be signed shortly by President Obama. This stop-gap measure is necessary because Congress has not passed any regular appropriations bills prior to the upcoming Oct. 1 start of FY 2015. This bill also includes $88 million in new funding to address the Ebola outbreak in Africa, which necessitated a .06 percent across the board cut to stay within pre-established budget caps.

Congress will need to revisit FY 2015 appropriations again prior to Dec. 11, and is expected to do so in a lame duck session set to convene in mid-November. Whether Congress will adopt an actual budget for the remainder of the fiscal year or pass a continuing resolution will probably depend on results of the November election. Through our participation in the Coalition for Health Funding, we are part of a broad effort urging Congress "to make appropriations legislation a priority in the lame duck session, and work in earnest to enact final, omnibus spending legislation for fiscal year 2015 before the end of the calendar year.”

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