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house Bill H.R. 8900

Funding the Government Thru December 18th to Prevent a Shutdown & Extending Expiring Programs

Argument in favor

In an ideal world, Congress would pass funding for FY2021 on time without needing a second continuing resolution in two and a half months to do its job and approve appropriations bills. In reality, Congress needs another week to continue negotiations on FY2021 appropriations and other pressing matters like coronavirus relief, and lawmakers need to avoid a partial government shutdown.

jimK's Opinion
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12/09/2020
Such a waste of time. Why not appropriate multi-year budget items with extendible limits if needed, or mandated reductions if required. There are certain services and functions of the government which are more or less ‘automatic’ and I see no reason to reconsider all of them every year. Let’s pass more meaningful longer term strategic legislation with less legalistic ‘where-as’ and ‘what-for’s and more of a statement of intent and goals. Congress can then exercise their power of the purse should an executive branch agency use their funding in ways that run counter to the intent and goals of the legislation. This is how legislation used to be before the seventies and the advent of word processors - which has staffers preparing thousand page documents trying to cover every possibility just to rename a memorial highway. If you were working in the government on a program and there was a Congressman expressing concern - you and your agency jumped to address those concerns. This, of course, requires a Congress capable of being trusted to render honest, equitable judgement; You know, a Congress that actually works. This would require some up front work to prepare carefully worded legislation, intent and goals to replace check off lists with actual rational judgement.
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larubia's Opinion
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12/09/2020
We need to end this ridiculous cycle of threats to shut down/furlough jobs as Congress plays games. Implement the automatic-continuing-resolution provision, until we can get leadership that can effectively reduce our debt, create & manage a budget.
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Mark's Opinion
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12/10/2020
Why are playing this game! FUND THE FUCKING GOVERNMENT!!! This isn’t politics...without funding, my wife and many other government employees don’t get paid. You need to stop the merry-go-round, stop the continuing resolutions, and pass legislation to provide a balanced budget without ANY contentious pork-barrel or special interest budget lines.
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Argument opposed

This bill may be bipartisan, but it kicks the can down the road for another week, at which point Congress will either need to pass an omnibus spending bill for the rest of FY2021 or enact yet another short-term stopgap package. Lawmakers should pass FY2021 funding before the current stopgap ends on December 11th, or work through the weekend to get a deal during a partial shutdown.

Brian's Opinion
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12/09/2020
COVID-19 Relief first. The American people are tired of Congress' games, and I blame both sides for this. Lock the leaders/negotiators in a room and don't let them stop talking until we have a deal for some sort of COVID relief that will stop the disasters set to occur on December 26 and January 1 due to the previous actions. Even if it's a short-term measure to get us through Inauguration Day, we cannot let more people suffer as this pandemic continues to rage in our country. After the COVID-19 Relief bill is passed, then you can worry about the rest of Federal funding. Why should we allow the Federal Government and its employees to stay working while average American people are suffering more and more each day? What is your priority?
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Nick-Papagiorgio's Opinion
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12/09/2020
This is insane. Why do we put up with this? One of the most basic responsibilities of Congress is to pass budgets. This is the lowest bar for competency. Yet what we have seen year after year is continuing resolution after continuing resolution. If you can’t pass a budget, you should not be a representative. And what is going on now is completely unacceptable. No incumbent should be reelected until this problem gets fixed. Seriously… If we clean house once. Just once. They will get the message.
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Joseph 's Opinion
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12/09/2020
You guys are a joke! You are all irresponsible stewards of our money. You are all self serving and representing the people is clearly not your agenda! The shameful truth is that you don’t even care!
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What is House Bill H.R. 8900?

This bill — the Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act — would extend funding for the federal government at prior levels for one week from the current deadline of midnight on Friday, December 11, 2020, to midnight on Friday, December 18, 2020. In addition, the bill would extend the authorizations of several healthcare programs that would otherwise expire through December 18th as well.

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. 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. 

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The federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 8900

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthHouse Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced this continuing resolution to extend government funding for one week after the current stopgap expires:

“With a government shutdown just days away, this continuing resolution is necessary to keep government open as we work to complete the appropriations process and deliver meaningful coronavirus relief to the American people. As we enact this temporary extension, we will continue to negotiate in good faith to complete our important work this month.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act

Official Title

Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate Passed December 11th, 2020
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed December 9th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 343 Yea / 67 Nay
    IntroducedDecember 8th, 2020

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    Such a waste of time. Why not appropriate multi-year budget items with extendible limits if needed, or mandated reductions if required. There are certain services and functions of the government which are more or less ‘automatic’ and I see no reason to reconsider all of them every year. Let’s pass more meaningful longer term strategic legislation with less legalistic ‘where-as’ and ‘what-for’s and more of a statement of intent and goals. Congress can then exercise their power of the purse should an executive branch agency use their funding in ways that run counter to the intent and goals of the legislation. This is how legislation used to be before the seventies and the advent of word processors - which has staffers preparing thousand page documents trying to cover every possibility just to rename a memorial highway. If you were working in the government on a program and there was a Congressman expressing concern - you and your agency jumped to address those concerns. This, of course, requires a Congress capable of being trusted to render honest, equitable judgement; You know, a Congress that actually works. This would require some up front work to prepare carefully worded legislation, intent and goals to replace check off lists with actual rational judgement.
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    COVID-19 Relief first. The American people are tired of Congress' games, and I blame both sides for this. Lock the leaders/negotiators in a room and don't let them stop talking until we have a deal for some sort of COVID relief that will stop the disasters set to occur on December 26 and January 1 due to the previous actions. Even if it's a short-term measure to get us through Inauguration Day, we cannot let more people suffer as this pandemic continues to rage in our country. After the COVID-19 Relief bill is passed, then you can worry about the rest of Federal funding. Why should we allow the Federal Government and its employees to stay working while average American people are suffering more and more each day? What is your priority?
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    We need to end this ridiculous cycle of threats to shut down/furlough jobs as Congress plays games. Implement the automatic-continuing-resolution provision, until we can get leadership that can effectively reduce our debt, create & manage a budget.
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    Running the US like a weekly rental property?
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    Why are playing this game! FUND THE FUCKING GOVERNMENT!!! This isn’t politics...without funding, my wife and many other government employees don’t get paid. You need to stop the merry-go-round, stop the continuing resolutions, and pass legislation to provide a balanced budget without ANY contentious pork-barrel or special interest budget lines.
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    Fourteen organizations designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Anti-Defamation League have received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program totaling $4.3 million, according to data released last week by the Small Business Administration, revealing who benefited from the pandemic federal relief funds
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    This is insane. Why do we put up with this? One of the most basic responsibilities of Congress is to pass budgets. This is the lowest bar for competency. Yet what we have seen year after year is continuing resolution after continuing resolution. If you can’t pass a budget, you should not be a representative. And what is going on now is completely unacceptable. No incumbent should be reelected until this problem gets fixed. Seriously… If we clean house once. Just once. They will get the message.
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    Prevent the Shutdown. Prevent the Shutdown! Prevent the Shutdown! Stop the whining! Figure out who, what and how to facilitate change. We are waiting for Georgia to turn the Senate Blue. Meanwhile Back to the Drawing Board. We are counting on you, Georgia! Let’s keep the House Blue and win a few more sets back. Let’s try to remember that we need mutual goals and values. That means we need a Blue Senate, Blue House, Blue President, and Blue Supreme Court. It also mean shaping a message that even Republicans and soft conservatives can accept. OMG! My uncles used to say the same thing (using different words) in the ’50s and ’60s. Too bad my dad was on the wrong side. LOL! Hopefully, my kids will remember the Trump years and get it right while bearing in mind they are in a Corrupt Capitalist System with highly polarized politics.
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    Why is the government funded in these brief increments?
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    yes... And... The House majority leader just informed every duly elected representative for each of our 435 congressional districts who are seeking the federal governments stimulus that “no votes are expected in the House until agreement has been reached.” Think about how insane that is. The point of voting *is* to reach agreement. That’s why we have a legislative branch. This whole damned operation is backward. How are we living in a democracy when two “leaders” who are NOT even duly elected, and are instead hyper partisan figure heads, allowed to chose for my representative what she feels is right for her district?
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    Do your job, quit kicking the can down the road.
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    You guys are a joke! You are all irresponsible stewards of our money. You are all self serving and representing the people is clearly not your agenda! The shameful truth is that you don’t even care!
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    This is the most inane way to run any economy, let alone that of the supposed world's most prosperous nation. Why does it seem like our government is actually run by the Keystone Kops instead of thoughtful public servants? Enough of this annual (or semi-annual) financial brinksmanship!
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    Get people, businesses, and local governments the assistance that they need, this is ridiculous! If the federal government is ever expected to help it surely has to be during a once in a 100 year pandemic! I’ve never been as disillusioned with the federal government as I’ve been during these stimulus negotiations! Thank god, thank god my family doesn’t need help from my elected officials right now but its sad and disappointing how Washington DC sit and watch the suffering of so many and continue to play political games.
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    Why do we go through this every year?!? An employee is required to meet deadlines all of the time, and may suffer consequences when they are not met. Congress should be held accountable monetarily (a late charge) for every day a budget is not passed. Perhaps that would give the incentive to grow up and work together in order to get the job done in a timely manner. Not only are programs affected, but ACTUAL PEOPLE, EMPLOYEES, are affected.
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    Everything stops until Republicans vote to accept the results of the election. Stop the coup.
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    Stop the continuing resolutions to fund the govt! Shut it down and STOP PAYING congress until they pass a budget. It’s the only way to make congress responsible to the people. We are not here for them (as they seem to think) they work for us!
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    Why are we here again ? Congress not doing its job as supposedly the third and EQUAL branch of government! Members are tired and or lazy to take control of its power
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    How about requiring that Congress can not go home until the government is funded?!?
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    Our congressional officials need a wake up call. Their salaries and free healthcare needs to be stopped until they stop the partisan actions and approve an annual balanced budget. America’s households are at risk while Congress plays their games.
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