Congress Avoids Another Shutdown Threat

Earlier this year, Congress passed its first continuing resolution (CR), which extended the budget deadline and funded the federal government through December 11. Despite creating more time to finalize a long-term deal spending deal, legislators continue to struggle to find common ground and faced another shutdown threat.

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To avoid another government shutdown, Congress last night approved another short-term CR to keep the government open to next Wednesday, December 16, as conversations continue for a long-term deal.  The measure was approved via voice vote yesterday (December 10) in each the House and Senate.

Members from both sides of the aisle continue to conflict over policy riders for the spending measure, including issues regarding Syrian refugees, environmental policy, and Planned Parenthood.  House and Senate Democrats, as well as the White House, have already stated that they will not accept a bill that contains any irrelevant riders. A more germane discussion over permanent tax credits continues to be the primary issue in contention as both parties attempt to compromise on a bill by Wednesday.

As always, NAfME will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they occur.

Ronny Lau, Legislative Policy Advisor, Center for Advocacy and Constituency Engagement, December 11, 2015. © National Association for Music Education (