On September 11, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers
(R-Ky.) unveiled a $986.3 billion Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fund
the federal government from October 1 through December 15 of this year. House leadership had originally intended to
hold a vote on the measure on September 12 or 13, but postponed the vote until
at least September 18 due to concerns that the measure would not garner enough support
from House Republicans.
The CR proposed by Chairman Rogers maintains the FY2013 sequestration
funding levels and also continues entitlement programs that were authorized
under other FY2013 appropriations bills, such as the Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families (TANF) program. In
general, the CR does not make policy changes or provide additional funds, but
there are some exceptions; the most notable exception for counties is an increase
in the wildland fire funding for the U.S. Department of the Interior and the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Much of the controversy surrounding the CR’s passage centers on
funding for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The plan unveiled by Chairman Rogers would allow the Senate to have a
separate vote on funding the implementation of the ACA, thus avoiding a
protracted debate that would lead to a government shutdown.
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