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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Congress Averts Shutdown (10/8/2015)

After weeks of uncertainty, the U.S. Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government until December 11, averting a last-minute shutdown. The question at hand was whether or not a controversial rider to defund Planned Parenthood would be included in the House version of the CR. President Obama vowed to veto the legislation if the final version contained such a provision.

The House passed a clean bill without the amendment, and it went to the president’s desk on September 30. While President Obama signed the legislation, he cautioned that he will not sign another short-term spending bill and urged Congress to create a long-term plan that undoes the sequestration cuts that have been in place since 2013. With the shutdown crisis behind them, lawmakers can now focus on their long to-do list for the fall, which includes a major highway funding bill, international tax reform, tax extenders and the upcoming debt ceiling crisis.