Yearlong Continuing Resolution Predicted

Yearlong Continuing Resolution Predicted

(DECEMBER 6, 2019) - Federal News Network reported that avoiding a future shutdown is a top priority, according to Senator James Lankford (R-OK), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Lankford remains concerned about the impact of shutdowns. Last years’ 35-day partial shutdown led to more than $3 billion in back wages for furloughed employees, which costed the IRS $2 billion loss of revenue from tax enforcement.

There are three weeks until the current continuing resolution (CR) expires on December 20th. Lankford believes that lawmakers will need about two weeks to draft appropriations bills for the rest of Fiscal Year 2020, which means that there may not be enough time to complete an appropriations bill by December 20. Considering the small window that lawmakers have to complete the appropriations, some lawmakers have suggested a long-term CR for the remainder of fiscal year. While Lankford believes that a long-term CR is ‘terribly likely,’ he does not plan to endorse the measure. - (CGP)