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10.03.16

Congress passes stop-gap funding

Last week, the House and Senate voted to fund the federal government through December 9, 2016, and avoided a government shut down as of October 1—the start of the federal government’s fiscal year. The Senate vote was 72–26 and the House vote was 342–85. Congress is now in recess and returns after Election Day for a lame duck session at which time they will have to negotiate funding for the remaining 2017 fiscal year.
 
The short-term measure includes the full-year Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, $1.1 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus, $500 million for recovery from floods in certain states and $3.7 million to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic. All other agencies and programs are funded at 2016 levels.
 
Congress did not include certain changes to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program, which were in the Senate-passed HUD appropriations bill, including setting initial RAD-2 PBRA rents at comparable market levels. There may be an opportunity to include these provisions when Congress works on the final appropriations measure after the election.