Federal Government Operating under CR until December 16

October 5, 2022

On the final day of the 2022 fiscal year, President Biden signed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) (PL 117-180) to keep the federal government open until December 16th. As has become the norm, Congress was unable to negotiate finalized spending legislation for fiscal year 2023, which began Oct. 1. The CR funds most federal programs at their current levels and provides $12 billion in supplemental funding for activities related to the war in Ukraine.   

Lawmakers have returned to their districts and will be mostly out of session through the November election. Congressional staffers will continue to work diligently on budget details, (see FABBS budget tracker). However, Democrats and Republicans still need to agree on overall levels for federal spending. The election results will impact the tone of these discussions moving forward. It is important for FABBS members to understand that decisions at every level of the budget —from how the budget is divided between Defense and Non-Defense spending, subcommittee allocations, and individual agency budgets— all have possible impact on the budgets of federal agencies investing in research.