Capitol Correspondence - 04.24.17

Healthcare Takes a Backseat as Congress Scrambles to Avoid a Shutdown

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The current continuing resolution (CR) that is keeping the federal government funded will expire by the end of the week. In order to avoid a government shutdown, Congress must appropriate more funding. The political stakes are high for Congressional Republicans and the Administration, as the majority of Americans would blame a shutdown on the party in power. The importance of passing a new CR has caused House leadership to back off of conversations surrounding health care reform and ACA repeal. Democratic support will be necessary to pass a CR, and Democrats have indicated they will not support any measure that includes certain non-negotiables concerning health care reform. It is likely Congress will pass a “clean” CR, that includes only needed funding for several months or the remainder of the year, leaving other big policy fights for another time. 
Source: Politico