Late Saturday morning the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government for the first six months of Federal fiscal year 2013 (Oct. 2012-March 2013). The House of Representatives passed the CR on September 13. The CR was a “clean” bill and did not contain any policy riders. The bill allows for an increase of about 0.6% across most programs in accordance with the spending caps established in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The President is expected to sign the bill before the end of the current fiscal year on Monday.
Following passage of the CR both chambers recessed for campaign season. Various press reports indicate that it is unlikely that Congress will return to Washington before the November elections. Please visit NRHA’s website for recess advocacy tips. Please contact NRHA government affairs at (202) 639-0550 if you have any questions.