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On the Hill: Congress Works to Avert Shutdown

This week, Congress continues to work out the details of a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through November’s midterm elections. Current funding for the government expires Sept. 30, so Congress must act swiftly on a CR to avert a government shutdown.

Negotiations on the CR

Aside from temporarily funding government agencies and projects, the CR could serve as a vehicle for additional targeted funding. For example, the Biden administration has requested the CR include $47 billion in emergency funding, which would target COVID-19 and monkeypox relief in the United States and abroad.

Republicans have staunchly resisted this request, and congressional staff have indicated the CR likely will be “clean” and not include emergency spending or additional policy riders. Still, Democrats might put up a fight for more funding in the bill as pressure from the public increases and the midterm races draw closer.

This Week in Congress

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold a hearing on the federal response to stopping the spread of monkeypox.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the House Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing on preparing America’s health care infrastructure for the climate crisis.

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About the Author

Christina Fagnano is the legislative affairs associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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