After a three-day shut down, Senate leaders reached an agreement to fund the government through February 8. The Senate voted 81-18 to pass the measure, shortly followed by the House, which passed it 266-150. The deal was based on a commitment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to find a solution for Dreamers to remain in the U.S. until February 8. The agreement includes:
- Authorizes the Small Business Administration to shift funding to administer increased 7(a) loan demand
- Delays the re-implementation of the Obamacare medical device tax through 2019
- Delays the re-implementation of the tax on “Cadillac” health plans through 2022
- Suspends the Obamacare tax on insurance providers for 2019
- A provision to provide back pay to workers who were briefly furloughed
- A six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
The continuing resolution (CR) includes other provisions which can be found here.
This is the fourth CR for FY18. As a reminder, a CR funds the government at current levels, in this case, FY17 levels. Having trouble keeping track of the CRs for FY18? See below.
CRs for FY18
- September 30, 2017: First Deadline for FY18 – CR extended funding through December 8, 2017 (passed by Congress on September 8)
- December 8, 2017: Second Deadline for FY18 – CR extended funding through December 22, 2017 (passed by Congress on December 7)
- December 22, 2017: Third Deadline for FY18 – CR extended funding through January 19, 2018 (passed by Congress on December 21)
- January 19, 2018: Fourth Deadline for FY18 – CR extended through February 8, 2018 (passed by Congress on January 22)
- Note: The House passed a CR on January 18 to fund the government through February 16. After House passage, the Senate amended the CR by changing the expiration date from February 16 to February 8 and including the back-pay provision. The Senate then passed the amended bill yesterday afternoon, with the House following suit on January 22. President Trump signed the bill into law that night.