Update September 27, 2016: This bill was co-opted through the amendment process from its original form to serve as the legislative vehicle for a short-term funding package to keep the federal government open through December 2016. Originally the bill provided $3.48 billion in funding for the operations of Congress, the Capitol Police, the Library of Congress, and other federal entities that assist the legislative branch.
Currently, this bill would fund the federal government through December 9, 2016 by keeping spending at the levels agreed to under the Bipartisan Budget Act for fiscal year 2016 reduced by 0.496 percent. All federal programs or activities that weren’t funded under that legislation wouldn’t be able to receive funding under this bill. The bill also contains $1.1 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus, and $500 million in additional emergency spending to go toward funding relief for Louisiana.
There are also a number of provisions in this bill specific to certain agencies, including:
The Dept. of Defense (DOD) would be prohibited from starting new programs, entering into multi-year contracts, or increasing production rates.
The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) would have extra operational funding to implement opioid addiction legislation.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would be able to continue to receive and approve permits for drilling on federal lands.
Additionally, the agency tasked with controlling the internet’s domain name system would give up control of the DNS to the international community as planned. The District of Columbia would be authorized to continue spend locally-generated revenues.