On November 16, 2023, President Joe Biden signed H.R. 6363, the “Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act,” to continue funding the government as Congress works to pass the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) budget. Since none of the twelve FY24 appropriations bills were passed by Congress, a continuing resolution (CR) is necessary to prevent the government from shutting down, which would impact federal programs and personnel. H.R. 6363 passed in the House on November 14 by a bipartisan vote of 336-95 and passed in the Senate on November 15 by a bipartisan vote of 87-11.
The unprecedented laddered approach to a continuing resolution extends funding for departments and agencies at FY23 funding levels but for different periods of time. Four appropriations bills, including the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) bill, will be funded through January 19, 2024, while the other remaining eight appropriations bills will be funded through February 2, 2024. The CR includes no “poison pills” or objectionable policy riders which allowed the bill to pass with both Republican and Democratic support.
November 17th, 2023