Today In Washington

December 22, 2017

Source: AEO Government Relations Team, Madison Services Group

Appropriations Watch: Done Deal

Last night, Congress passed a short-term continuing appropriations resolution (CR) to fund the government through January 19, 2018, then adjourned for the holiday recess. The CR also includes:

  • An extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through March 31, 2018
  • $2.1 billion to cover shortfalls in the “Veteran’s Choice Act”
  • $4.7 billion for defense
  • An extension of the National Flood Insurance program through January 19, 2018
  • A delay of the sequester

The delay of the sequester is intended to prevent automatic budget cuts triggered by the passage of the tax bill. The House also passed a $81 billion disaster aid bill — targeting Florida, Texas, California, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — that the Senate is scheduled to debate when Congress returns in January. Additionally, Congress is scheduled to address protection for “Dreamers” — children brought into the United States illegally by their parents — long-term financing for CHIP, defense spending and government funding for the balance for FY 2018.

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