HR 5325 passed the Senate yesterday afternoon. Members of the House, anxious to return to their states to campaign, passed the legislation hours later. The President has indicated that he will sign the bill into law.
The bill continues FY 2016 funding levels for agencies, with a slight across-the-board reduction to stay within budget caps. It includes $1.1 billion in funding to respond to the Zika virus, $500 million to aid Louisiana and other states’ flooding, and full FY 2017 funding for military construction and veterans affairs.
In the end, many contentious issues were dropped due to lack of consensus. They are sure to be revisited in the lame-duck session later this year. Commitments have been made to fund the water problem in Flint, Michigan, and they will need to be finalized when Congress returns in mid-November.