Congress Ends Government Shutdown — For Now

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After a shutdown over the weekend, Congress today moved to reopen the government by approving its fourth short-term continuing resolution of the 2018 budget year to keep the federal government running until Feb. 8.

The breakthrough came as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to consider various immigration bills on the Senate floor next month if an agreement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is not reached before then. This led to a vote by the Senate and House to approve a three-week extension to fund the government through Feb. 8.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers also hope to use this brief reprieve to end their budget stalemate and hammer out a long-term agreement to keep the federal government running through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

The short-term extension also means that the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which was set to expire Jan. 19, will be extended to Feb. 8.

In November, the House approved the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, NAHB-supported legislation that would reauthorize the NFIP for five years.

NAHB is calling on the Senate Banking Committee to move forward on a long-term reauthorization of the program to ensure accidental lapses between short-term reauthorizations like we have seen in the past do not occur.

NAHB is also urging Congress to break the budget impasse and reach an agreement to fund the government through end of fiscal year 2018.

For more information, contact Jessica Hall at 800-368-5242 x8253.

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