Today the House passed the first in what will probably be a series of Continuing Resolutions to keep the federal government running. Continuing Resolution/House Joint Resolution 52 passed with a vote of 404 to 14.
This legislation will keep funds flowing to all of the federal agencies at the 2007 funding levels until November 16th. Two things will happen then, either a new budget will have passed the Congress and been signed by the president, or another Continuing Resolution will be needed.
Currently there are negotiations happening on over 12 regular fiscal spending bills for the 2008 budget. These include appropriations for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and most other disability programs.
The Senate will take up the continuing resolution in the next few days. The new fiscal year begins on Monday, so the clock is ticking.
(Special thanks to Kathleen H. McGinley, Ph. D. and the folks at National Disability Rights Network for their timely email updates)