Congress Extends Funding for FY 2019

November 21, 2019

This week, the House introduced a continuing resolution (CR) to extend funding for fiscal year (FY) 2019 through December 20 to prevent a government shutdown. The House and Senate will pass the measure and send the bill to the president’s desk for signature before Friday.

In addition to extending current funding, the CR includes several anomalies including: funding for the Census Bureau for the 2020 decennial count, an extension of three Foreign Surveillance Act provisions that would expire on December 15, a provision to block the $7.6 billion rescission of highway funding, an expansion of eligibility for payments from a compensation fund for victims of state-sponsored terrorism, and an extension of several health care programs that were included in the current CR.

While the CR would extend the funding deadline, the FY 2020 spending bills still lack a clear path forward. Disagreement over funding for President Trump’s border wall remains the biggest hurdle.