Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term Continuing Resolution
(CR) appropriations bill that allows the federal government to operate through December
The Senate earlier approved the same bill, which means that the President will sign it
before the Friday deadline – the end of FY 2016. The bill includes $1.1 billion in funding to
fight the Zika virus, as well $500 million in additional funding to support communities that
have recently experienced flooding.
An agreement was reached that will result in funding for Flint, Michigan and other
communities that suffer from lead contamination in their water systems. This agreement will
be finalized in the Water Resources Development Act, which will be completed when
Congress returns for its lame duck session after the election. During the lame duck session,
Congress will have to pass a longer term CR or a 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Not
until this bill is passed will we know the exact funding for the AFG and SAFER grants.
We will keep you updated on further developments.
If you have any questions, please contact GAC Co-chairs John Granby at
[email protected]; Lee Morris at [email protected]; Joe Mirabile at
[email protected]; or GAC Sr. Advisor Dave Gatton at [email protected].