Work Begins to Avoid Government Shutdown, Pass Key Funding

As September begins, Members of Congress are returning to work following a month-long break. While the House has another week off, the Senate is back in session and will be voting on a wide range of items. Senate leadership is expected to focus on the FY23 budget, which must be passed by the end of the month to avoid a government shutdown. A continuing resolution (CR), which will extend the FY22 funding levels for several months, is likely to occur as FY23 negotiations continue in both the House and the Senate. As Congress seeks to pass a CR, the Biden administration wants to add several emergency funding requests into the package. This includes $22.4 billion to fund the COVID-19 response and $4.5 billion to address monkeypox, in addition to other issues.