Debate on FY 2022 CR Continues
With the end of the fiscal year looming on September 30, Congress continues to debate the contents of a stopgap measure to keep the government open. Votes are expected this week on a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the federal government funded through December 16, thereby pushing decisions on final FY 2023 spending until after the November midterm elections. The current version of the CR contains a controversial energy permitting rider authored by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) that so far has prevented passage of the stopgap measure in the Senate. Should the permitting language be dropped, the House and Senate would be likely to overwhelming pass the “clean” CR.
Upon passage of a CR—in whatever form—the House will be in recess until after the November elections, allowing members to focus on campaigning in their home states.