Update: Government To Reopen

By Emily McCloskey January 22, 2018

Today, the Senate voted to fund the government through a three-week continuing resolution through February 8. The bill also reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years and delays some Affordable Care Act taxes. Democrats and Republicans will continue negotiating on immigration issues "with the commitment that if an agreement isn't reached by February the 8, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals]," according to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The House plans to vote on this legislation tonight and has the votes to pass the bill. While there have been mixed reports on the President’s willingness to approve the legislation, it is expected that he will sign the legislation into law and reopen the government. As soon as the legislation becomes law, the government will return to normal operations.

Congress will continue to negotiate on top-line spending levels for FY2018 and will likely need an additional continuing resolution before final funding is agreed upon. We will continue to advocate for HIV and hepatitis funding for FY2018 and will provide updates as they become available.