December 09, 2016

Congress Prepares for Continuing Resolution Vote

If no unexpected complications arise, Congress is expected to pass a continuing resolution (CR) this week to avoid a government shutdown and to fund the government through April 28, 2017.

Congressional leaders are planning to move the bill quickly, with possible floor votes on the bill in the House on Dec. 8 and the Senate on Dec. 9.

Among its numerous provisions, the proposed CR allocates $872 million in fiscal year 2017 for 21st Century Cures activities including $352 million for the National Institutes of Health, largely to fund the Obama Administration’s Cancer Moonshot and other health care research initiatives. About $500 million will help states respond to the national opioid abuse crisis and another $20 million will go to the Food and Drug Administration to carry out the new law. All the money is fully offset with cuts elsewhere in the CR.

The 21st Century Cures Act awaits the president’s signature after recent approvals in the House and Senate (See related story).