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  • Washington Highlights

    Congress Passes CR to Fund Government Through March 8 and March 22

    Tannaz Rasouli, Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
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    Congress passed an additional continuing resolution (CR, H.R. 7463) on Feb. 29, after the House approved the measure by a vote of 320-99 and Senate passage of the bill by a vote of 77-13. The president is expected to sign the measure. 

    The CR extends fiscal year (FY) 2023 funding for four annual spending bills, including the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill through March 8, while continuing FY 2023 funding for the other eight spending bills, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Defense bills until March 22. 

    In addition to these deadline changes, the bill also rescinds the Department of Education’s recent revision of the student aid index, which would have extended Pell eligibility to more students, resulting in 7.3 million total students eligible for Pell grants. 

    The latest CR follows the CR (P.L. 118-35) passed earlier this year that extended FY 2023 funding through March 1 and March 8 [refer to Washington Highlights, Jan. 19] while lawmakers continue negotiations on the FY 2024 annual spending bills.