“The last thing the U.S. needs now, in the midst of a pandemic, is a dilapidation of state funding, which was set to expire at the end of this month,” Congressman Rodney Davis, R-Ill., said during the debate. “I am extremely disappointed that we took so long to reconstitute CCC, Commodity Credit Corporation, in this agreement and not be held hostage by the majority.” The Democratic-majority House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of the emergency solution by 343 votes to 67. If passed and signed by President Donald Trump, it would prevent federal programs from running out of money at midnight on Friday (0500 GMT Saturday) by extending the current level of funding until Dec. 18. The Senate on Friday unanimously passed an emergency funding bill that provides for the threat of a one-week government ceasefire. President Trump signed the law Friday night. The deal also contains language that Pelosi said would prevent “funds intended for farmers from being diverted for a major oil rescue plan” after earlier reports were reported that the government planned to redirect funds from The Commodity Credit Corporation to refineries. The couple said the talks had been productive, but they had not reached an immediate agreement. The emergency solution measure would largely continue the current level of funding for federal agencies until December 11, although some adjustments or “anomalies” are included for special circumstances. While the summary said there was an agreement in principle on responsibilities and $160 billion in aid to public and local governments, there were no details, and lawmakers said they were still working on it.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Richard Shelby said Tuesday he expects the emergency regulation bill to be passed this week, with no additions. And the emergency solution would bring another injection of money into transportation programs, while breathing new life into an expiring highway permit law. The measure includes $13.6 billion for highways and urban transportation and an additional $14 billion for aviation programs. But an agreement has remained elusive, since this week, proposals and counter-proposals to help COVID 19 made the rounds of the US Capitol. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, McConnell and a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House of Representatives and Senate put all the ideas on the table. The emergency solution also includes numerous reauthorizes for programs that would otherwise expire at the end of September, such as the National Flood Insurance Program and ground transportation expenses. WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted on a week-long emergency funding bill to give lawmakers more time to reach an agreement on both covid-19 aid and a comprehensive spending law to avoid a government ceasefire.
Attention is now focused on negotiations on an omnibus budget package throughout the year, which congressional leaders have said is close to reaching an agreement. President Trump signed an interim spending bill early Thursday to keep the government funded until early December, after the Senate`s massive agreement to hold a series of sensitive debates over federal funding after the general election. The delayed signing had little influence on the function of the federal government. The Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday ordered federal authorities to continue their normal operations and “not to participate in orderly shutdown activities,” a senior government official said, because “a high degree of confidence” is that the president would sign the emergency law in October. . . .