Avoiding a Government Shutdown
On September 29, 2022, the Senate voted 72 to 25 passing a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded at the FY22 levels until December 16th, giving negotiators time to work out their differences on the FY23 funding bills. On September 30th, the House passed the CR and sent the bill to President Biden for signature, beating the midnight deadline to avoid a government shutdown. The CR contains additional funding for Ukraine; natural disasters; a five-year reauthorization of the FDA’s user fee programs; Afghan refugee resettlement, and low-income home energy assistance. Not included in the package is President Biden's requests for $22.4 billion for the COVID-19 pandemic, $4.5 billion for the monkeypox outbreak, and Senator Manchin’s oil and gas permitting legislation.