Next Shutdown Deadline Days Away
Here we go again. The next deadline for Congress to take action to avoid a government shutdown is February 8.
Congress has yet to pass a long-term spending bill for fiscal year 2018, relying on a series of short-term continuing resolutions (CRs) to keep the government open. The latest one was signed by President Trump on Jan. 22, ending a three-day shutdown.
House and Senate leaders from both parties are negotiating a possible two-year spending deal, but optimism about an agreement being close has faded. Most observers believe that it will be necessary for Congress to pass yet another CR by February 8. So far, both Republicans and Democrats have expressed optimism that there will be another CR, the length of which is not yet known.
An extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will be needed in a new CR to keep the program going past Feb. 8. The current CR extended the NFIP only through Feb. 8.