OFCCP Week in Review: February 2022 #3 | Direct Employers Association
Friday, February 18, 2022: A Third Continuing ‘Stop Gap’ Resolution Keeps the Feds Alive Until March 11
Until the end Thursday afternoon, the United States Senate pass “HR 6671 – 117th Congress: New Supplementary Government Funding Act,” send the bill to the president, who in turn sign just hours before an otherwise federal government shutdown. The bill provides for a permanent resolution (CR) that extends the funding, but only for three weeks, until Friday, March 11, 2022.
Although the CR passed unanimously in the House last week, it did not pass in the Senate. Last-minute “Hail Mary” efforts by a few members of the Senate to add amendments to the bill all failed, but only after much drama on the Senate floor. These unsuccessful efforts included an attempted ban on all funding for COVID-19 vaccination mandates and in particular for schools and early childhood development settings that apply COVID-19 vaccination mandates to children. . The majority of the Senate ultimately rejected these amendments along with an amendment to require balanced budgets in all future standing budget resolutions.
The RC funds most programs and activities at FY2021 levels, with a few exceptions that provide flexibility in funding or additional appropriations for various programs. Because the leaders of both chambers are now confident that they are only days away from a full and final agreement on a full budget for the almost last seven months of fiscal year 2022 (ending September 30, 2022) , the parties agreed to this very short CR so that the negotiators could finish.
In fact, the chairs of the two appropriations committees (Senate and House) even announcement a bipartisan agreement for fiscal year 2022 appropriations. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) had this to say:
“The alternative – a continuous year-round resolution – is untenable and far too onerous for the American people. Our government is not supposed to operate on autopilot, and American taxpayers’ money should not be spent on outdated priorities. We have a responsibility to make the tough choices about how to invest in the American people.
When asked on wednesday when the president would send his fiscal year 2023 budget to the Hill, White House press secretary Jen Psaki replied that she did not know. However, Shalanda Young, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, recently announced that it is expected to take place after the president’s annual State of the Union address (March 1).