Advocacy Alert: Deal Close to Reopen the Federal Government
January 22, 2018
Friday night, the US Senate failed to pass a fourth Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running. The House passed a CR (H.R.195) by a vote of 230 to 197 on Thursday that included a full reauthorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through FY 2023 in hopes of attracting Democratic votes in the Senate. The CR would have continued level funding for Title I grants for disadvantaged students, special education state grants and related programs and, would delay for two years the collection of the federal excise tax (or "Cadillac Tax") on certain employer health care coverages.
Led by Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Democrats in the Senate continue to withhold their votes because there is no agreement in negotiations on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In addition, several Republicans have said they would not support the measure. Thirteen Democrats would be needed to support the CR.
NSBA sent a letter to Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to come to an agreement and pass a full CR to keep the government running and minimize adverse consequences for schools. A CR is particularly important for school districts that receive Impact Aid grants because the program is not advance funded. Without continued appropriations for this important school resource - which supports students whose parents/guardians are enlisted in the Armed Forces, as well as for those students who reside on tribal trust lands - district operations may be affected. The National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) has reported that January 31 is an important date for Impact Aid districts to submit their applications for funding for the 2018-19 school year.
Monday afternoon, the Senate voted on a short term spending plan that would reopen the government with funding through February 8th. Senate Democrats agreed to support this measure in exchange for a commitment from Republicans to allow a vote on a measure to prevent DACA recipients from being deported. This initial vote was a procedural one, and the bill still requires final passage in the Senate and passage in the House, but at this point there is every indication that government services will resume shortly.
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