September 16, 2011
The House Appropriations Committee this week introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government operating past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. The legislation, H. J. Res. 79, also contains a total of $3.65 billion in disaster relief funding to provide much-needed assistance to the thousands of people affected by Hurricane Irene, recent wildfires, the devastating floods and tornados in the Midwest and South, the Mid-Atlantic earthquake and other natural disasters.
The CR is a must-pass bill that is necessary to prevent a government shutdown and continue federal operations until all appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2012 is enacted. Currently, the House Appropriations Committee has moved on 11 of the 12 annual appropriations bills - with six bills having cleared the House. The CR introduced this week continues government operations at a rate of $1.043 trillion - the total amount agreed to by Congress and the White House in the recent debt-ceiling legislation - and runs until Nov. 18.