The Continuing Resolution (CR) that Congress passed in September to avoid a government shutdown is set to expire this Friday, December 16th, 2022, and no Appropriations deal has been reached at this time. This week will be critical in determining if the twelve Appropriations bills will get done, or if another CR will be necessary.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) released a statement last week detailing the negative impact of another CR on key government programs and projects, citing new authorizations and the need to increase funding to match rising inflation and cost of living. Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) are both retiring this month and have expressed their desire to finish the Appropriations bills before they leave.