Federal Government Shutdown Avoided as President Signs Continuing Resolution

Last week, President Trump signed a spending package that will fund the Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Defense, as well as a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the rest of the government through December 7th. This avoided a potential government shutdown on October 1, the start of the federal government's next fiscal year, FY2019.  

Lawmakers hoped to negotiate a separate package of spending bills which included the Transportation-HUD spending ahead of the October 1 deadline, but were unsuccessful. With the mid-term elections in November, it is all but certain that lawmakers will address HUD spending in the lame duck period between Election Day and the end of the legislative session in December.