Imagine the new National Museum of African American History and Culture closing just a week after its gala opening!
Government by continuing resolution is no fun for anyone. Plans get put on hold, strategies stall. And it’s hard for contractors when the government holds back, afraid to overspend what might be appropriated. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin that early on a CR can have some benefits.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on a House bill that will be used as the legislative vehicle for a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 9 on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Congress could conceivably avoid a government shutdown come Sept. 30. The Senate and House are actually at work on a continuing resolution to last through the election and into a lame duck session. They want to go home early and get back to the campaign trail. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings shares the latest on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
With less than 15 days until the end of the fiscal year, the Senate is set to vote on a motion to consider a House bill, which will be used as the legislative vehicle for a short term continuing resolution.
OMB Director Shaun Donovan on Thursday said he’s disappointed that Congress has fallen the same budget gridlock as last year, and warned against relying on long-term CRs to fund the federal government.
Between budget uncertainty and a slew of new rules, it’s not easy selling to the federal government at the moment. That’s often the case in election years, but to Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, this year seems more complicated than most.
While a continuing resolution seems likely in the waning days of the short-term spending bill the government is currently operating under, federal employees once again have found themselves looking over their shoulders for any sign of a shutdown.
Congress is up against several deadlines when it comes back from recess next week. It’s not just the Dec. 11 date, when the continuing resolution expires. The debt ceiling problem needs a solution by Nov. 5 and highway funding expires Oct. 29. One possible solution to the budget deadline is another CR that would last through the rest of fiscal 2016. Bob Hale, a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton and former Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller, told In Depth with Francis Rose no CR is good for the department or the government.
Congress passed a 10-week temporary funding bill on Wednesday to keep open the government. The House voted 277-151 on the measure. It now heads to the White House for the president’s signature.