WASHINGTON September 22, 2020 – The House today passed, on a 359 to 57 vote, a bipartisan continuing resolution to extend federal government funding through December 11 and avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.
The legislation, H.R. 8337, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, is a modified version of H.R. 8319, which Chairwoman Lowey filed yesterday.
“The House did its work, but Senate Republicans failed to begin the appropriations process, sadly making a continuing resolution necessary to avoid a devastating government shutdown,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey. “This CR reflects bipartisan agreement and includes nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for struggling Americans. This victory for our Democratic priorities is a prelude to the work we will do in negotiating full year appropriations bills that invest for the children and for the people.”
In addition to an extension of government funding, critical health programs, and surface transportation authorities, H.R. 8337 adds nearly $8 billion in vital nutrition assistance for the American people. It extends and expands the Pandemic EBT program – which provides resources to families with children who otherwise would have received free or reduced-price meals at school – and extends several other key flexibilities for nutrition programs.