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Dec. 7, 2017

Federal Funding Update

Today, the House of Representatives approved a continuing resolution (CR) funding the federal government through Dec. 22 by a vote of 235-193. This bill now moves to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved, thus averting a government shutdown for now. Congress will need to approve another short-term CR after Dec. 22 to allow more time for negotiations on a budget deal and federal funding for the remainder of the fiscal year.  

Opioid Funding

Although Congress is facing a more immediate demand of keeping the government funded past Dec. 8, included in discussions related to end-of-year legislation is a push for additional funding to fight the opioid epidemic. According to a spokesperson from HHS, the Trump Administration will not send a formal request for new funding for the opioid crisis. The spokesperson did say, however, that Congress will commit “necessary resources” to combat the crisis “now and into the future.”

Earlier this week, ASTHO formally requested that the Administration propose and Congress appropriate one billion in emergency supplemental funding for CDC and states and territories to address the opioid crisis. More information about the funding proposal can be found here.