January 20, 2018 Federal Policy Update

Federal Government Shutdown Begins
Senate Fails to Advance Short-Term Spending Bill

Late last night, the Senate voted 50-49 on a procedural motion to end debate and bring the one-month continuing resolution (CR) passed by the House on Thursday up for a vote. The catch? Senate Republicans needed 60 yes votes to advance the bill, but only gained the support of 45 Republicans and 5 Democrats for the measure. Forty-four Democrats and 5 Republicans voted no.

As a result of the failure of the Senate vote to approve the expenditure of federal funding for FY 2018, all non-essential federal activities and personnel are immediately affected, thereby shutting down most of the federal government’s day-to-day functioning until a spending agreement can be reached. 

The Senate is set to meet again today and possible solutions include a very short-term CR of a few days, a three-week CR or perhaps another type of deal to address the issues in contention. 

n4a will be speaking with federal officials as soon as possible to learn more about how the Administration is implementing this shutdown. Typically, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issues guidance to all federal agencies before or within hours of the shutdown. 

We will keep you apprised as we learn more. We are keenly aware that, depending on the duration of the shutdown, this gap in funding will eventually have a direct effect on your agency’s functioning and your ability to serve seniors in need of critical services and supports. 

Need a refresher on how we got here? Our January 17 Legislative Update explains how an impasse on how to raise the budget caps got further complicated by politics and immigration policy.

This Legislative Update is an n4a membership benefit. For more information about these and other federal aging policy issues, please contact n4a’s policy team: Amy Gotwals (agotwals@n4a.org) and Autumn Campbell (acampbell@n4a.org), 202.872.0888.

View this Legislative Update as a PDF.