Congress Extends Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Continuing Resolution To April 28
With less than an hour to go before the continuing resolution (CR) funding the federal government expired last Friday, Congress passed an extension through April 28th, narrowly averting a government shutdown. Responding to the president-elect’s request for input on Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriations, the stopgap measure pushes appropriations decisions until after President-elect Trump is sworn in. The compromise extension of the CR also includes $872 million in funding for the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, $20 million for the Food and Drug Administration Innovation account, $352 million for the National Institutes of Health Innovation account, and $500 million for states to respond to the opioid abuse crisis. Additionally, Congress is requiring the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to review the necessity of a sequester. Specifically, it allows for the OMB to delay a final sequestration report and any potential sequester order until after the continuing resolution expires April 28th, as long as the temporary spending measure does not exceed the overall $1.07 trillion limit on base discretionary spending in FY 2017. If the stopgap were to exceed the $1.07 trillion limit, the sequester would not be delayed.