Filing under “not entirely surprising news,” Congress passed a week long continuing resolution (CR) to fund all Federal agencies at Fiscal Year 2016 levels for one more week. The bill is likely to be signed by the President immediately. The delay is to finalize negotiations on the final bill for the last five months of Fiscal Year 2017, the current budgetary year. Congress had until midnight tonight to pass a bill or a CR in order to avoid a government shutdown.
By all reports, this is what’s called a “clean” continuing resolution, meaning that it has no policy riders or cuts/boosts in funding for any departments or agencies. That also means there are no specifics to report. If all goes to plan, we’ll have the final bill next week and we will update with details once we have them. Be sure to check back.