September 30, 2021
Congress Passes a Continuing Resolution, President to Sign
Government will remain open through December 3; debt ceiling question unanswered
Over the last week or so, Congress has been scrambling to pass legislation to keep the federal government funded past the September 30 end of the fiscal year. Today, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that extends government funding through December 3. The President is expected to sign the bill and avert a government shutdown. The CR includes some additional items – most notably, it includes $28.6 billion for natural disaster assistance to hard-hit states and $6.3 billion for relocation efforts for Afghan refugees. However, the does not address the looming deadline to raise the debt ceiling to avoid default (currently pegged at October 18 or so).