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Floor Protest Delays Funding Legislation

Tuesday, June 28, 2016  
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Floor Protest Delays Funding Legislation


The House and Senate set a goal for this year – debate and pass all twelve separate funding bills. This is something Congress hasn’t done since 1994. On Wednesday of last week, the House was scheduled to consider the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) bill, which funds the Small Business Administration and the Department of Treasury, but the bill never made it to the floor. For over 24 hours, House Democrats staged a sit-in, demanding votes on gun control legislation and preventing the Chamber from considering the FSGG bill. As a result, the House adjourned early for the July 4th recess, and left the funding bill in limbo.


Both chambers – the House and the Senate – draft separate funding bills, which are then merged into one set of funding levels. Last week’s protest further complicates this situation because several differences between the House and Senate versions will need to be addressed before they can be combined. A strong possibility exists that the Congress will pass a Continuing Resolution until the lame duck session, which will commence after the election. For a more detailed description of House funding levels contained in the FSGG appropriations bill, please see:  House Appropriations Committee Finishes Up FY17 Work


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