Senate Joins House in Passing CR through December 20

On November 21, the U.S. Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) previously passed by the U.S House of Representatives on November 19. This CR will fund the federal government through December 20. 2019. With Senate passage, the measure heads to the White House which has indicated President Trump will sign it. The prior CR is set to expire at midnight on November 21.

Included in the CR is language to cancel a funding rescission in Section 1438 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Public Law 114-94). The law requires the rescission of $7.6 billion of unobligated highway funding contract authority on July 1, 2020. Over recent months, APWA has been advocating to Congress the rescission be repealed. In addition to APWA's efforts, we joined with 41 other organizations encouraging Congress to repeal the rescission.

In addition to repealing the highway funds rescission, the CR extends the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to December 20, 2019. APWA has been actively advocating for a long-term extension of the program. NFIP exists to provide affordable insurance options to property owners, renters and businesses, and it encourages communities to take actions and adopt regulations that will mitigate the impact of disasters. NFIP has been funded through more than a dozen short-term extensions since FY 2017.