Concerns in the Northern Marianas about a cut-off of food stamps and other federal programs were put to rest temporarily on Wednesday, when the President signed a short-term funding bill good through December 11.
Fiscal year 2016 began on October 1. Without this continuing resolution, which the Senate passed on Tuesday and the House on Wednesday, September 30, the government would have shut down.
The CR cuts spending across-the-board by 0.2 percent consistent with the sequestration requirements of the Budget Control Act of 2011, but otherwise most federal programs and services continue at the fiscal 2015 level.
Between now and December 11—just 10 weeks—we will need to reach a bipartisan agreement on appropriations for the rest of fiscal 2016.