Washington Update: Continuing Resolutions and Year End Negotiations

The federal government could shut down after Friday if the House and Senate don’t act to pass a continuing resolution that funds the government beyond December 8. The current continuing resolution is set to run out Friday and Republicans are interested in passing another continuing resolution that would fund the government through December 22. Several contentious issues remain: changing budget caps to increase defense funding, supporting Children’s Health Insurance Program, and addressing the fate of people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Each of these could derail a compromise on a new continuing resolution, since 218 votes from the House and 60 from the Senate are needed for passage. A POLITICO/Morning Consult poll showed that most voters are interested in avoiding a shut down of the government, although there are some partisan differences when it comes to what issues should be compromised on in order to avoid a shut down.

Funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund are currently set at FY17 levels. If Congress is able to avoid a shut down this week, a final decision on the full FY18 budget could come before December 22. With so many details to work out, including baseline budget numbers for defense and non-defense discretionary spending, a final budget for FY18 may not come until after the new year.

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