House Poised to Vote on Stopgap Funding Options

The House is poised to vote this week on two short-term spending bills that would reopen the various departments and agencies affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown. One of the bills, expected to be voted on today, would fund the government through Feb. 1, while the other would fund it through Feb. 28.

Democratic leaders say this strategy is to allow the government to reopen in the short term while negotiations on issues such as border security and immigration can continue. The partial government shutdown is now in its 25th day and is the longest history.

Last week, the Democratic-controlled House passed a number of bills to provide full year funding for some departments and agencies, including Treasury, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Agriculture, as well as the IRS and Food and Drug Administration. Congress also cleared legislation that would give federal workers back pay once the shutdown ends.

However, the Republican-controlled Senate has said it will not take up any legislation that does not have the support of the president. President Trump continues to press for full funding to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

CUNA remains active on Capitol Hill meeting with lawmakers to ensure credit union priorities, such as full funding for the NCUA's Community Development Revolving Loan Fund (CDRLF), Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) and 504 loan programs are included in any solution.