FY20 Appropriations Update: Stopgap Funding Looks Likely

As the government fiscal year comes to an end on September 30th, Congress is looking to take up a stopgap funding measure to avoid a partial government shutdown. According to a letter to fellow House lawmakers from House Majority Leader Hoyer, the House will consider a continuing resolution in the next few weeks. The duration of the continuing resolution is not yet known, although it will likely extend into November. While the House has passed 10 of its 12 FY 2020 spending bills, including Interior-Environment, the Senate Appropriations Committee plans to mark up all 12 of their bills during the upcoming three-week September legislative session. This, however, will not leave enough time for House and Senate bills to be reconciled and signed into law, making passing & signing a continuing resolution very likely in order to avoid a partial government shutdown this Fall.