Congress Averts Government Shutdown

Congress Averts Government Shutdown

Last Thursday Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through February 18, 2022. The CR passed one day before the government was set to shutdown from a lack of authorized funding.

Senate conservatives struck a deal with Democrats to allow a quick vote on the stopgap funding measure in exchange for holding a simple-majority vote on an amendment to block President Biden’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The ETS mandates testing and vaccination requirements for large employers and is currently under a legal stay as it faces challenges before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The amendment failed in a 48-50 party line vote.

The CR buys lawmakers time to put together permanent fiscal year 2022 appropriations legislation. The government is currently being funded through appropriations legislation passed while President Trump was still in office.

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