Federal Advocacy

In Brief: Federal Update

The past few months have included spates of frenzied work by lawmakers to respond to the dynamic threat of the Coronavirus while fighting to keep standard Congressional business moving. Specifically, nearly $900 billion in needed funding authorizations will expire after September, the end of the 2020 fiscal year. Spending authorization bills provide the legal authority for federal programs to spend the funds allocated to them through the appropriations process. Thousands of non-profits, government personnel, businesses, and municipalities across the country receive this funding every year to support their operations. What is normally one of the most important functions Congress performs is being dwarfed and frustrated by the efforts of legislators to address the ongoing public health crisis. The fast approaching end of FY 2020 is forcing a legislative log jam as both chambers of Congress find themselves weaving through their priorities.

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