A Continuing Resolution (H.R. 601) was approved and signed into law Sept. 8 to fund the U.S. government through Dec. 8. The three-month period from now until early December gives Congress more time to work on federal spending bills. H.R. 601 also authorizes emergency supplemental funding for the federal response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and raises the debt ceiling through Dec. 8.
Also in the past week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill (S. 1771, S. Rept. 115-150). The measure would increase the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget by approximately $2 billion, including funding from the 21st Century Cures Act.