Last Week in DC
With only hours to spare before the deadline, Congress avoided a government shutdown today by passing a short-term continuing resolution (CR), set at Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 spending levels. The CR will keep the federal government funded through May 5. The measure now heads to the White House for President Trump’s signature. Congress will need to pass a final spending bill for FY17 by May 5 or face another government shutdown.
House Appropriations Committee Chair Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) said the one-week CR was needed to allow lawmakers to finish up negotiations. While both parties say they are close to a bipartisan agreement, Democrats maintain that certain "poison pill" policy riders must be left out of the final bill.
The White House announced today that President Trump has nominated Pamela Patenaude to serve as HUD deputy secretary. Ms. Patenaude is the president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families and has deep knowledge of, experience with, and proven commitments to affordable housing.