Budget & Appropriations – Congress Facing a Government Shutdown

Congress has until Friday, January 19 to reach an agreement on funding most of the federal government. There are four key issues that Congress is grappling with in its negotiations on a spending bill – protections for persons covered by the Deferred Action for Early Arrivals (DACA) program, extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), increases for the caps for defense and non-defense discretionary programs established by the Budget Control Act of 2011, and additional disaster relief funding. If agreement is not reached Congress may pass another temporary extension of funding or face a shutdown of the federal government.

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