On Tuesday, February 8, the House voted 272-162 to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through March 11, including 51 votes from House Republicans. All but one House Democrat (Representative Josh Gottheimer, D-NJ-05) supported the legislation. The CR passed by the House would continue to fund the government at FY21 levels with some additional allocations for defense spending and $350 million to address water contamination from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility in Hawaii.
The bill now moves to the Senate where it is expected to be taken up quickly by leadership to keep the government funded once the current continuing resolution expires on February 18. If the short-term funding bill is passed by the Senate, it would mark the third time Congress has approved a stopgap bill in the absence of a larger bipartisan agreement on government funding. So far, the House has passed 9 out of the 12 annual appropriations bills, but none have yet passed the Senate.
On February 9, House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced that bipartisan, bicameral negotiators agreed on a framework for the final FY22 appropriations, indicating that an agreement is in sight. Senator Leahy (D-VT) also stated that the Committees will work together to pass a final bipartisan omnibus spending bill before the March 11 deadline in the proposed CR that passed the House the day prior. Enterprise urges Congress to quickly approve FY22 appropriations legislation, providing strong funding levels for affordable housing and community development programs.