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Full-Year Continuing Resolution Passes Congress

March 21, 2013

The U.S. Congress approved a full-year continuing resolution (CR) today, March 21, to keep the federal government operating through the remainder of fiscal year 2013.  The resolution has been sent to the White House for the President's expected signature.  Final passage in the U.S. House of Representatives was 318-109 and in the Senate the vote was 73-26.  The CR includes five negotiated appropriations bills:  Agriculture (which includes funding for the Food and Drug Administration and the Women, Infants, and Children supplemental nutrition program); Commerce-Justice-Science; Defense; Homeland Security; and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs.  Funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is included as part of the continuing appropriations division of the resolution, which means programs administered by HHS (except FDA) will be funded at approximately last year's funding levels before sequestration.  It is important to note that while this CR ensures that the federal government will not shutdown and will continue to operate through the fiscal year, this resolution does not turn off or change federal sequestration.  Funding in the CR is subject to sequestration and will be reduced as such.  Federal sequestration is still in effect.  The full text of the resolution is available here, as well as summaries prepared by the Senate Appropriations Committee and the House Appropriations Committee.  If you have any questions about the CR or federal funding for public health programs, please contact ASTHO public policy staff Nicole Kunko or Chris Gould.