December 19, 2014

Behind Schedule Again, Congress Turns to Continuing Resolution

  • The national debt has grown significantly in recent years due to rising annual deficits. A deficit occurs in any year the government spends more...

On Capitol Hill this week, attention is turning to a continuing resolution (CR).  Because Congress will not complete the appropriations process before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, a CR is necessary to prevent a government shutdown.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) introduced a proposal last week to fund the government through Nov. 18 using the $1.043 trillion level included in the law increasing the debt limit.

The Rogers proposal would also provide $3.65 billion for disaster relief, including $1 billion for FY 2011 that is paid for with offsets.  Democrats have argued that offsets should not be required for emergency funding, and the Senate last week passed a bill to fund disaster relief without offsets.

Also last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bills for Defense; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services and General Government; and the Legislative Branch.