Hill Update: Budget Extended to December 11
NJ Votes 6-4-1 in Favor
On September 9, 2014, House Committee on Appropriations Chair Harold Rogers (R-KY) introduced H. J. Res. 124, a continuing resolution (CR) to keep government programs funded at FY14 levels through the first ten weeks of FY15 until December 11, 2014.
NJ voted along party lines with all six Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats except Congressman Holt, who did not vote, voting no.
The US Senate approved the House-passed CR that funds all federal programs through December 11 at slightly lower levels than FY 2014. The 0.06% across-the-board reduction was done to offset new provisions such as combating the Ebola outbreak in Africa, and potential humanitarian and military aid in Syria. The White House urged passage of the CR, which does not exceed the overall FY 2014 spending level.
Congress had to pass a CR before October 1, 2014, the start of the next fiscal year, to avoid a government shutdown.
Congress is expected to return to work after the November elections and decide the course of funding for FY15 beyond December 11, 2014. What Congress will do largely depends on the outcome of November’s elections, and whether Democrats retain their majority position in the Senate.
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