On September 30, President Joe Biden signed a short-term spending bill into law that would fund the U.S. federal government until December 3. The additional nine weeks will give lawmakers time to pass fiscal year 2022 appropriations legislation. Earlier in the day, the House passed the short-term spending bill by a vote of 254-175. This is “not a permanent solution,” House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), said during debate. “I look forward to soon beginning negotiations with my counterparts across the aisle and across the Capitol to complete full-year government funding bills that reverse decades of disinvestment.”
The Senate also passed the short-term continuing resolution by a vote of 65-35.
The short-term spending bill does not include provisions to raise the debt limit. Earlier in the week, the House of Representatives passed legislation to suspend the debt ceiling. The Senate did not pass similar legislation. According to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Congress has until October 18 to raise the debt limit or the U.S. will default on its debt.
FY2022 Reconciliation: Build Back Better Act
During a press gaggle yesterday, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) stated that he would be willing to support a $1.5 trillion reconciliation package. This announcement comes weeks after behind-closed-door conversations with President Joe Biden and Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY).
As mentioned in previous Washington Insights & Highlights newsletters, the budget reconciliation package includes funding for programs important to colleges, universities, and fundamental scientific research.
Immigration: The Latest on DACA
While the proposed rule does not make significant changes to the DACA program, it does decouple work authorization from protection against deportation. Under this proposed rule, DACA applicants would have the option to seek protection from deportation without also applying for work authorization. All written comments in response to this proposed rule are due by November 29, 2021.
For more information about this proposed rule, please read the DHS press release.