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With Continuing Resolution, Congress Likely Avoids Shutdown

Senators this week agreed to a House-passed plan, legislation called a continuing resolution, to fund the federal government at fiscal year 2019 levels for several more weeks to avoid a government shutdown on the year’s October 1st deadline. The president is expected to pass the measure, extending funding until November 21st so legislators have more time to discuss border security funding, the main sticking point between House Democrats, Senate Republicans, and a White House seeking to appease its base through harsh immigration policy reform.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) is leading talks with President Trump to determine a suitable course of action for the party to come to an agreement with Democrats on border wall funding. House Democratic leaders have suggested the coalition intends to allocate “zero dollars” to support building a wall along the southern US border, but the wall, a key feature of Trump’s 2016 campaign platform, will certainly become more important to the president and his political future the nearer we draw to the 2020 elections.

As reported, anomalies, or carve-out increases for certain programs during the period of a CR, for any new funding streams or programs were not included for this CR, which means any new funding for Ending the Epidemic programs would be on hold until at least November 21. AIDS United will continue to work with allies in Congress to ensure the full and timely dispersion of funds for communities and organizations working to end the domestic HIV epidemic.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 27, 2019

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