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house Bill H.R. 8337

Funding the Government Thru December 11th to Prevent a Shutdown and Extending Expiring Programs

Argument in favor

In an ideal world, Congress would pass FY2021 funding on time without needing a continuing resolution at the end of FY2020 on September 30th, but given the realities of it being an election year lawmakers should pass a short-term funding bill that runs through December 11th to prevent a partial government shutdown.

jimK's Opinion
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09/22/2020
It is sad that our government has devolved to relying on continuing resolutions and this needs to be fixed. However, there is just too much stuff going on now to muck things up more with a Government shutdown. I wish the legislature would get some urgency to support the people unable to get by because the government has done and is still doing such a horrible job to protect us from the pandemic.
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Frank-001's Opinion
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09/23/2020
Dear Representatives & Senators: Thank you for supporting H. R. 8337 to keep the Federal government open through December 11th. While it simply postponed the problem a few months, its probably all we can expect from a government made dysfunctional by over exploited ideologies and seriously worsened by self-centered, petty, greedy, and irrational leadership completely out of touch with the needs of the American people. Make A Plan To Vote. Be Sure to Vote.
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larubia's Opinion
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09/23/2020
Yes, we need these services, especially now.
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Argument opposed

This bill may be bipartisan, but it kicks the can down the road for six weeks when Congress will have to either pass funding for the rest of FY2021 or agree on another short-term funding bill. Lawmakers should pass FY2021 funding on time before FY2020 ends on September 30th.

Warren's Opinion
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09/23/2020
I would not agree with anything the White House wants until they approve a stimulus.
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Mindy's Opinion
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09/23/2020
Sure wish Mitch McConnell would stop holding the entire country hostage.
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Larry's Opinion
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09/22/2020
We need to cut programs and reduce spending. Shutting down the government is great for scaring people, but it only shuts down non-essential things. The government should not be doing anything non-essential, so let's just keep it shut down.
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What is House Bill H.R. 8337?

This bill would provide funding for the federal government through December 11, 2020, to prevent a partial government shutdown on September 30th, in addition to extending programs that would otherwise see their authorization lapse. It would also extend pandemic-related changes to food assistance programs and replenish the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). A breakdown of its various provisions can be found below.

Continuing Resolution (CR)

This section of the bill would provide appropriations at the levels provided in fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills, with exceptions to address technical budget issues, exclude one-time emergency funding, and extend immigration authorities through December 11, 2020. This section would:

  • Subject the appropriations to the same terms, conditions, limitations, and prohibitions as the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills during the CR.

  • Prevent new starts and activities at agencies other than the Dept. of Defense (DOD) during the CR.

  • Prevent the DOD from beginning new multi-year activities during the CR, with limited exceptions.  

  • Restrict furloughs or termination of employees due to lack of funds during the CR.

The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) would be replenished for net realized losses sustained and not reimbursed as of September 17, 2020, in order to make required farm assistance and other payments.

Surface transportation programs would be extended for one year at fiscal year 2020 levels, including provisions aimed at shoring up the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and a one year reauthorization of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Healthcare Extensions

Public health programs that would be extended by this bill include Community Health Centers, National Health Service Corps, and Teaching Health Centers; the Special Diabetes Program and the Special Diabetes Program for Indians; the Personal Responsibility Education Program and the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education program; and the Rare Pediatric Priority Review Voucher.

This section would extend funding price and quality requirements under Medicare, in addition to funding for outreach and assistance within low-income programs. An expected increase in Medicare Part B premiums for 2021 would be delayed, and the premium held at the 2020 level.

It would also extend funding under Medicaid for the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration and protections against spousal impoverishment, and delay reductions for Medicaid disproportionate share hospitals. 

Miscellaneous

Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act: This provision would allow the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) to halt furloughs and provide more reliable services for premium processing applicants. It would also allow fees collected by USCIS to address backlogs and adjudication delays for other applicants.

Nutrition and Commodities Programs

This section of the bill would:

  • Extend the Pandemic EBT program, which provides resources to families with children who would otherwise receive free or reduced-price meals in school but for pandemic-related school closures or reduced attendance hours through September 30, 2021. It would also include children at childcare centers affected by COVID-19 closures.

  • Extend waivers for the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) through September 30, 2021.

  • Allow states to extend administrative flexibilities for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through September 30, 2021.

  • Prohibit the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) or the Dept. of Agriculture from providing payments or otherwise supporting fossil fuel refiners and importers.

Impact

The federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 8337

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthThis legislation was negotiated as a bipartisan compromise between Democrats and Republicans to extend government funding and expiring programs until December 11th. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) offered a statement after concluding negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, which read: 

“We have reached an agreement with Republicans on the CR to add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families.  We also increase accountability in the Commodity Credit Corporation, preventing funds for farmers from being misused for a Big Oil bailout.

To help the millions of families struggling to keep food on the table during the pandemic, Democrats have renewed the vital, expiring lifeline of Pandemic EBT for a full year and enabled our fellow Americans in the territories to receive this critical nutrition assistance.  Democrats secured urgently needed assistance for schoolchildren to receive meals despite the coronavirus’s disruption of their usual schedules, whether virtual or in-person, and expanded Pandemic EBT access for young children in child care.  We also extended key flexibility for states to lower administrative requirements on SNAP for families in the middle of this crisis.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tweeted about this bill, praising Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA):

"House Democrats' first government funding bill intentionally left rural America behind. But @SenJoniErnst and other Republicans did not let the Democrats defund farm country. They secured the Commodity Credit Corporation Funding that our farmers and ranchers depend on."


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / Greg Meland)

AKA

Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act

Official Title

Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2021, and for other purposes.

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  • EnactedOctober 1st, 2020
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 30th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 84 Yea / 10 Nay
  • The house Passed September 23rd, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 359 Yea / 57 Nay
    IntroducedSeptember 22nd, 2020

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    It is sad that our government has devolved to relying on continuing resolutions and this needs to be fixed. However, there is just too much stuff going on now to muck things up more with a Government shutdown. I wish the legislature would get some urgency to support the people unable to get by because the government has done and is still doing such a horrible job to protect us from the pandemic.
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    I would not agree with anything the White House wants until they approve a stimulus.
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    Dear Representatives & Senators: Thank you for supporting H. R. 8337 to keep the Federal government open through December 11th. While it simply postponed the problem a few months, its probably all we can expect from a government made dysfunctional by over exploited ideologies and seriously worsened by self-centered, petty, greedy, and irrational leadership completely out of touch with the needs of the American people. Make A Plan To Vote. Be Sure to Vote.
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    Yes, we need these services, especially now.
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    Sad that it’s become an annual exercise to avoid shutdown!
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    You know......WHY does this stop-gap sort of budget have to happen ....several times a year? (Seems like we ALWAYS have one measure end just before Christmas.) Households and businesses don't "run" like this.....they may have a budget and they may re-evaluate it periodically but there is NO mention of "shutdown", especially with a household.......just what the heck is the "Budget" committee doing in the interim after yet another Stop Gap measure?.....seems like they SHOULD be re-evaluating and coming up with solutions and proposals so there is NEVER a threat to shut down. It's not like it sneaks up on them....they all KNOW when the next reassessment is....It's not like "surprise" we have to do our job now. These continued last minute, stop gap measures ARE avoidable, if you JUST DO YOUR JOB.
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    If there was ever a greater time to have a functioning funded government, it is now.
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    Sure wish Mitch McConnell would stop holding the entire country hostage.
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    We have enough to worry about without another budget battle, although I'm still angry that Congress is unable to pass a real budget without these tactics. More important is a plan for helping our country through the pandemic, restoring our economy, and securing our elections. Maybe the next Congress will be able to function.
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    Yes, but it should be extended further—until after inauguration. Too much foolishness can occur, no matter who wins. Get this over with, and get on with the Heroes act. Also wear masks!
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    I'm for responsibly funding our government. However, Republicans have been totally irresponsible by cutting the funds we actually have to spend on the public good by $2 Trillion. Nearly every penny of that money went directly into the pockets of the 1%--the Wealthiest Americans. They needed it the least of all, but their greed knows no bounds! Additionally, the Republican Senate is pushing forward to approve ANYONE TRUMPS NOMINATES TO THE SUPREME COURT! We all know that with 6 "conservative" justices the court will teardown all that we slowly built. The ACA and the right to buy health insurance even if you have a preexisting condition--Say Bye-Bye--it's gone right away. Bye-bye Voting Rights. Bye-bye Marriage Equality. Bye-bye Women's Equality. Bye-bye A Woman's Bodily Autonomy. Bye-bye Unionization. Bye-bye Mass Protests. I think The House democrats should consider refusing to support funding a government which runs on Trump's whims, hatreds and greed.
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    Funding the government is essential for all sectors, private and public.
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    Yes. But this annual shutdown threat has to stop! Make the budget run3-5 years
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    Why are people wanting the government to shut down? You do realize HUMAN BEINGS work in lur government? These families can not afford to be furloughed during a PANDEMIC. A lot of people, in our society, has some soul searching to do after Trump leaves office.
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    In an ideal world, Congress would pass FY2021 funding on time without needing a continuing resolution at the end of FY2020 on September 30th, but given the realities of it being an election year lawmakers should pass a short-term funding bill that runs through December 11th to prevent a partial government shutdown. SneakyPete. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. I.30.20
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    First off shouldn't we be working on 2021? If we were living in normal times this wouldn't be an issue. And I'm amazed that some think that it's the Dems fault when it's the trumplicans that don't know how to do their jobs. If we had a real president leading and keeping things even keeled between the House and Senate to serve We the People not themselves we wouldn't be having this neverending dumpster fire. It's a no brainer that in this universe real adults know how to make a budget work for their household. You live realistically! Sure you can't predict a wrench thrown in but you manage somehow. You don't shut down your house because someone is pouting that they want to keep their pockets lined. We are all in this together and everyone needs to grow up and put their big pants on and do your jobs! The trumplicans don't know how to do that! No! Let's shut down until I get what I want instead of what WE need in order to function as a whole! Sound familiar? Since a certain dictator wannabe set foot in the White House We the People have watched and are suffering due to the neverending dumpster fire! Think realistically not fantasy! There's only one universe we live in and it's on fire. I don't know what universe trumplicans live in but it sure as hell isn't ours! Vote as soon as you are allowed in your city or town! Vote because all our lives DO depend on it! Vote to end this f***ing dumpster fire! Vote to keep your freedom! Vote to keep your rights! Vote to protect your children and children's children! Vote to stop our country from becoming Russia! Vote Dump Trump and all the trumplicans who want a Russian state instead of a United States! No kings here!!!
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    This is ridiculous and clearly evidences why government is not equipped and should not be running all these aspects of our country! These are expenses that the tax payer funds, yet the money is not effectively or efficiently appropriated by government. The government can’t even keep themselves running; why does anyone expect them to keep anything else running???! It’s a joke. And the Democrats are consistently voting for more government control and management of our lives that government proves over and over again they aren’t equipped to manage!! Democrats, why do you do this? When will you wake up and see that the answer to our problems IS NOT MORE GOVERNMENT! We need a common sense approach to governance where the people maintain responsibility of themselves AND government. Government does not and should not have responsibility for the people when they can’t even be responsible for their own governing!! When you vote for Democratic policies that pretend to help you, policies that take your ability to help yourself and give that control to government to your ultimate detriment, so that government can dictate who can do what and who gets what at the expense of another, that becomes a government dictatorship. When you vote for Democrats who push these policies, Government then acquires the ability to usurp your individual rights, erode the constitution which protects your rights, and ultimately you lose your liberties and freedoms, and we end up with a government over the people, fascism, tyranny, instead of a government by the people and for the people. Your vote matters if you don’t want to lose your freedoms. Regardless what you think of Trump, this election is NOT about personality, it is ENTIRELY about your freedom and rights. It is about POLICY and legislation that could change the course of history for this country in which you will LOSE the constitutional protection of YOUR liberty if you vote for a Democrat. They intend to control government and YOU! We must maintain a balanced approach to government where compromise is necessary to ensure the rights of everyone are equally represented. If we allow the Democrats to control all aspects of government, their intent is to control everything which turns into a tyrannical government. We must have a checks and balance system that works. If you have a Democratic one party stronghold, you have effectively eliminated the checks and balances for the people. Democrats are threatening to pack the Supreme Court and add Puerto Rico, DC, etc. as states so that they can pack the legislature too. They will do everything in their power to control everything they can, because that IS their end game. It’s not about policy to benefit the people. It’s about their ability to gain power and control. Once they have that, they can change policy anyway they like because the people will no longer have a voice or checks and balance in the courts or in Congress to speak on their behalf. Our republic and constitution have withstood the test of time, lasted longer than any other, and secured freedom for a nation of people for two and a half centuries! That is unprecedented! And it’s precisely because of our structure, a representative republic, an electoral college, and 3 separate branches of government. If the Democrats have their way, they intend to fundamentally change this system to a system that historically has proven to fail and will not secure the freedoms many have taken for granted. Under Democratic control, we would lose the checks and balances of an unbiased Supreme Court, and they would create a third legislative branch of activist judges who will work to erode and change the constitution based on their personal ideological beliefs, who think they are above the law instead of subject to it. That is the sole purpose of packing the court, Congress, and why they want to do it. This is critical folks! You may have been programmed by these folks and their minions to think that conservative government is bad, and that is the propaganda they spew to try and gain power. When in fact, conservative government is how we ensure we can rely on the fundamental structure of our system that has secured our freedom for so long. If we lose our conservative approach to governance, we lose our freedom.
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    What I see is a whole bunch of responses indicating that some folks need to retake civics, and a few indicating that some folks never had civics. Congress continues and gets paid, whether they do their jobs and fund the rest of government. It is the rest of government that gets shut down. And, that has a large effect on the economy in general, and has a severe effect on small rural towns. Many of the small rural towns are surviving only because of the federal workers who drive their economies.
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    Thank you Democrats (you know the socialists) who care about all Americans and not just the top 1% for doing something to avoid a shutdown.... It's rather astonishing that we find ourselves at these same crossroads year after year. It's disgusting that our lawmakers can't work together for the greater good of all Americans and are labled socialists/agitators/anarchists. Tell me why socialism gets a bad rep, when everyone benefits from the socialist programs in this country. Tell me how many of you would be hard pressed if we didn't have social security, welfare, medicare/medicaid, public schools, police and fire departments. Every government agency is in part socialist because it benefits all of us... Wake up you ignorant fools that think socialism is a bad thing. All of us pay taxes to support these socialist programs.. I think the Trumpublicans heads would explode if we all decided we didn't want to pay our taxes going forward because we don't want to fund socialist programs. Wake up, your ignorance and the poverty in our country will be our downfall if we let it.
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    The American People deserve help and further aid to help them get through this pandemic! Cut the shit already!
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