Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Bill to Avert Government Shutdown
February 18, 2022

Congress passed legislation last night to extend funding for the federal government through Mar. 11, 2022. President Biden is expected to sign the bill before government funding runs out at midnight tonight. The short-term funding bill – known as a continuing resolution – continues federal funding at fiscal year 2021 (FY21) levels and gives Congress more time to negotiate and pass fiscal year 2022 (FY22) funding legislation.

In recent days, bipartisan negotiations on final FY22 funding legislation began in earnest. Appropriations leaders from both parties have signaled optimism that Congress will be able to pass an “omnibus” funding bill by the Mar. 11 deadline when the current continuing resolution expires.

During this final stretch of negotiations on FY22 funding bills, AMCHP continues to press for robust funding increases to maternal and child health programs, including $868.7 million for the Title V Maternal & Child Health Block Grant.