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On the Hill: President Signs Short-Term Funding Bill

Before leaving Washington for the Thanksgiving holiday break, Congress passed a new continuing resolution (CR) to temporarily fund government operations for four weeks, through Dec. 20. The new CR extends current funding for several key health care programs, including Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments.

President Trump signed the CR soon after the final vote was taken, temporarily averting a government shutdown and a reduction in Medicaid DSH funding.

The latest CR will give Congress more time to negotiate a longer-term agreement on government spending and relief from impending Medicaid DSH cuts. Without further action from Congress, Medicaid DSH funding will be cut by $4 billion on Dec. 21.

Congress will resume legislative business on Dec. 12.

Impeachment Investigation

Meanwhile, House impeachment proceedings will continue after the Thanksgiving break.

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will draft a report that concludes its investigation and deliver the findings to the House Committee on Judiciary.

The  Judiciary Committee will review the report and determine whether to draw up articles of impeachment. The committee must approve articles of impeachment to move to a full House vote.

The House could vote on impeachment as early as December.

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Erin Delaney is the legislative affairs associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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