The House of Representatives last Friday approved a funding package (H.R. 7616) for the Departments of Transportation, Energy, Labor, and the Army Corps of Engineers. The vote was 217 to 197, according to PCA’s “This Week in Washington.”

The Senate is significantly farther behind the House as the Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to advance any funding bills for FY21. Congress must agree on appropriations bills funding the federal government prior to the fiscal year expiring on September 30. Currently, it is unlikely that Congress will reach consensus on appropriations prior to this deadline. Therefore, a short-term Continuing Resolution will likely be necessary to keep the federal government from shutting down.

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