February 6, 2018: Another Continuing Resolution

Overview

  • The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on another continuing resolution.

Details/Context

Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act of 2018

The House of Representatives is expected to debate and vote today on a new continuing resolution, which will extend current government spending through March 23. According to Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's "Daily Whip" report, "This bill does not raise the BCA’s sequester level spending caps for non-defense, provide disaster relief, protect DREAMers, extend additional health access for veterans, combat the opioid epidemic, [or] secure pensions." The bill also includes the Department of Defense Appropriations bill (HR. 695) which was passed on January 30, raising defense spending and increasing the budget cap for defense spending, while keeping the budget cap for non-defense spending the same.

Congress previously passed a continuing resolution on January 22, which extended spending at current levels through February 8. According to reporting at the time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had promised to take up a bill to protect the Dreamers in exchange for passing the continuing resolution and ending the government shutdown. No such bill has been brought to the floor of either the House or Senate since then.

Relevant Links:

Look up your US House Representative's contact information here: contactingcongress.org

Call Script for Members of Congress:

"Hi, my name is [your name] and I am a constituent in [your city/town]. My ZIP code is [zip code]. I'm calling to urge [Representative's name] to vote against the continuing resolution today. The GOP has failed to deliver on their promises to protect the Dreamers and is once again failing in their responsibility to pass a real budget, and this is unacceptable. I expect [Representative's name] to do everything [she/he] can do to stand up for our vulnerable immigrant communities. Thank you."