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September 27
​Congress Inches Along on Stopgap Measure
On September 27, the Senate voted 54-44 in favor of a Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J. Res. 59) that would avert a government shutdown at the end of the current fiscal year on September 30. Before approving the CR, the Senate made two changes to the bill, thus requiring another vote by the House of Representatives.  Senate leaders struck a provision to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and changed the expiration date for the CR from December 15 to November 15.

Prospects for House passage of the CR as amended in the Senate are unclear. House majority leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) does not seem to have enough votes from his caucus to pass a bill without language related to ACA implementation. It is possible that House leadership will insert a one-year delay in ACA implementation.

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here is also speculation that the House may introduce a one-week CR to keep negotiations going while avoiding a shutdown of the government when the current fiscal year ends on September 30. The only certainty is that Congress will continue work on the CR throughout the weekend.

Contact: Marilina Sanz at
msanz@naco.org or 202.942.4260

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