Congress Approves Continuing Resolution Through December 11

On September 30, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) H.R. 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act. This action follows passage of the bill by the U.S. House of Representatives on September 29.

This CR, as previously highlighted in the September 28 Washington Reportwill allow for most government agencies to remain open through December 11 at current funding levels. However, there are funding changes specific to public works, such as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) receiving a one-year extension through September 30, 2021.

The FAST Act, which governs a majority of surface transportation programs across the country, would have expired on September 30. Leaders in both parties said the extra year would give Congress time to work on a long-term reauthorization of surface transportation programs.

Additionally, this CR will reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through September 30, 2021. Following the Senate action, the bill will now head to the White House where President Trump is expected to sign the measure into law.

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