Update December 10, 2015: This bill was co-opted through the Senate's amendment process to serve as the legislative vehicle for a short-term budget extension after passing the House in May in its initial form. Originally, this bill served as the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016. Upon amending this bill, the Senate voted in favor of the revised legislation and now must go back to the House to be passed in its amended form. The House had previously introduced its own version of the amended bill.
This bill would fund the federal government for five additional
days to give congressional negotiators time to reach an agreement on an
omnibus spending bill
for fiscal year 2016. Funding is currently set to expire on Friday,
December 11, 2015. This legislation would move the deadline to midnight
on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.
There would be no changes to existing spending during this five-day extension, which would be in effect until midnight on Dec. 16 or when appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2016 is enacted — whichever happens first.