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House Delays Vote on Continuing Resolution

September 12, 2014—House Republican leaders postponed a vote on a stop-gap funding measure for fiscal year (FY) 2015 after hearing concerns about several issues, including the length of the continuing resolution (CR), a last minute request from the White House related to training Syrian rebels, and a planned extension of the Export-Import Bank.

House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) Sept 9 introduced the CR (H.J.Res. 124) to keep the federal government running through Dec. 11.

A summary released by the committee notes the CR continues funding for government programs and services at the current annual cap rate of $1.012 trillion. The summary states, “Virtually all existing policy and funding provisions included in currently enacted fiscal year 2014 Appropriations legislation will carry forward in this CR. The bill does not include new controversial riders, or large changes in existing federal policy.”

However, the summary also notes, “the CR does include some changes to existing law that are needed to prevent catastrophic, irreversible, or detrimental changes to government programs, to address current national or global crises, or to ensure good government. These provisions are funded within the total level of funding in the legislation.”

These changes, also known as anomalies, are offset by a 0.0554 percent across the board cut in funding.

The proposed bill includes $88 million requested by the Obama administration to help respond to the Ebola outbreak. The money is divided between $30 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s efforts to trace the spread of the disease in Africa and $58 million to accelerate the production of promising drugs to fight the disease.

House Republican leadership had signaled the chamber would vote on the CR on Sept. 11; however, the House now is expected to vote on the CR on Sept. 17. 

Several Republicans are upset the CR does not extend into the new Congress, when many pundits predict Republicans will control both the House and Senate.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Sept. 10 released a statement calling for a longer CR.  “It would be a serious mistake for House Republicans to pass a Continuing Resolution that would ensure that Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats would come back to Washington, after many of them will have likely lost their seats, for a no-holds barred lame duck session where they will be free to pass legislation that the American people will never be able to hold them responsible for,” said Sen. Cruz.

Senators Cruz and Mike Lee (R-Utah) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying they “will object to any unanimous consent request to in any way advance any non-emergency, substantial, and controversial legislation, nominations, or treaties” during the lame duck session after the election.

The revised schedule puts pressure on the Senate, which is scheduled to be in recess during the week of Sept. 23, to either bring members back into session or run up against the Sept. 30 deadline to avoid a government shutdown.


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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