September 30, 2016
On fourth down and 2 (days before shutdown), Congress punted the appropriations football until Dec. 9.
continuing resolution (CR) Hill and Administration leaders finally
approved will keep the government operating past Sept. 30 and let
legislators race home to campaign for re-election.
Getting to this 70-day extension deal wasn't easy.
Senate leaders wrangled the past two weeks over inclusion of funding for disaster aid and combating the Zika virus.
most federal departments - including the Defense Department - the CR
caps spending at current levels for the next two months. That's
frustrating, because it prevents any new program starts.
means Congress must return for a “lame duck” session after the election
to work out a new agreement to fund the government for the rest of FY
The VA got a better deal, as the CR included full VA funding
for 2017 and advance funding for 2018. This will allow planned
improvements in benefit claims processing and medical research. It also
will let the VA cover in vitro fertilization for veterans with injuries
"MOAA is grateful this legislation will
provide a $2 billion increase over the current year, with additional
funding to address treatment of hepatitis C, long-term care for
veterans, caregiver support, and reduction of the claims backlog," said
MOAA President Lt Gen Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret).