Legislative Alert: Congress Agrees on on Budget; Government Reopens

Congress Agrees to Three-Month Continuing Resolution; Federal Government Reopens
From: Isaac Brown, Legislative Counsel
Vol. 13:10
October 17, 2013
Yesterday, the House of Representatives and Senate agreed to, and passed, legislation reopening the federal government following a 16-day government shutdown. The measure, which passed in the Senate by a margin of 81 to 18, and by 285-144 in the House, funds federal agencies at current funding levels through January 15, 2014. The legislation also raises the debt limit, which was set to expire today, through February 7.
Speaking after the Senate’s vote last night, President Obama said he would sign the legislation immediately and begin the process of reopening the federal government.  Federal employees, including those at the National Endowment for the Arts, are reporting to work this morning.
While last night’s vote ends the turmoil in Washington regarding the budget and debt ceiling for the time being, it does not resolve many of the underlying issues that led to the shutdown. Negotiations are expected to begin almost immediately between leaders in the House and Senate to try to work out legislation that funds the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014.
NASAA will continue to monitor this situation closely and keep you apprised of any developments. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 202-540-9162 or isaac@38northsolutions.com.