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Continuing Resolution Is Signed into Law to Avoid Government Shutdown

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Last night, Congress passed a continuing resolution, which was signed into law by President Biden shortly before the fiscal year ended at midnight. The move avoided a government shutdown and provided Congress more time to make final decisions on Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 spending.

A house-passed spending bill for education includes a 41 percent increase for the U.S. Department of Education and would place the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on a glidepath to full funding. However, the Senate has yet to act on most of its spending bills, forcing Congress to pass a continuing resolution.

The bill will maintain current government funding levels until December 3rd. After that date, Congress will need to finalize FY 2022 spending or pass another stopgap measure.

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Posted:  1 October, 2021

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