The House on September 8 passed a package by a 316-to-90 vote to keep the federal government, including the IRS, in operation past September 30. The continuing resolution, which will maintain funding for government agencies at currently enacted levels through December 8, was packaged with a Hurricane Harvey disaster relief bill, as well as a three-month extension to raise the debt ceiling.
The Senate passed the measure the day before (TAXDAY, 2017/09/08, C.1). President Trump is expected to sign the legislation when it reaches his desk.
The measure came together after congressional leaders and the White House struck a deal to include the continuing resolution and debt-increase in the Harvey relief bill (TAXDAY, 2017/09/07, C.1). President Trump agreed to Democratic leadership’s three-month extension proposal, going against Republican leadership’s hopes for a longer extension. Several Republican lawmakers have since complained that such an unexpected move by Trump will provide Democrats will leverage in negotiations, including those for tax reform, during what is shaping up to be a very busy end of the legislative calendar. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., has praised Trump for his bipartisanship and willingness to compromise.
By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Staff