Federal Funding Stopgap Expected Prior to Oct. 1 Start of FY21

Legislation | September 29, 2020 | by Linda Couch

Prior to midnight, October 1, the Senate is expected to pass and the President is expected to sign a House-passed Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government running through December 11.

Prior to midnight, October 1, the Senate is expected to pass and the President is expected to sign a House-passed Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government running through December 11. The federal fiscal year begins on October 1 but none of the federal appropriations bills have been enacted. Thus, a stopgap Continuing Resolution is needed to prevent a federal government shutdown. 

While the House has passed most of its FY21 appropriations bills, including the one that funds HUD programs, the Senate has not taken up any of the 12 appropriations bills, even at subcommittee or committee level.

For housing programs, the CR includes language to extend HUD’s 40-site IWISH demonstration until December 11, and gives HUD the authority to spend funds at the rate necessary to keep up with Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contract renewal needs from October 1 – December 11, similar to language that had to be included in last year’s CRs. LeadingAge supports both of these adjustments to the CR, which would otherwise provide FY20 funding level for the duration of the CR without these two changes.

Now, December 11 becomes a new date flashpoint, with the unfinished appropriations bills (all of them) need to be completed by then to avoid another CR needed during the lame duck session.