On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Senate passed H.J.Res.124 - Continuing Appropriations
Resolution, 2015 that authorizes appropriations for FY 2015 through December 11, 2014 at the FY 2014 enacted levels and clears it for the President’s signature.
The lame duck Congress (which is only scheduled to be in session for 15 legislative days) will have to take one of the following actions:
- Enact an omnibus appropriations bill that contains all 12 of the appropriations bills which includes education (this is what the education community prefers since it provides the opportunity for at least some modest increase in funding for some programs)
- Enact an omnibus that contains some, but not all 12 bills, and extends the Continuing Resolution (CR) for the remaining bills (which under this scenario would likely include labor-health and human services-education in the CR).
- Extend the CR for the remainder of FY 2015 for all 12 authorization bills.
- Extend the CR until early next year. This is could occur if the Republicans capture the Senate majority in the election. This is the least preferred option for the education community. It would extend the uncertainty over final funding levels until March or so, and more importantly, creates the distinct possibility that additional spending cuts could be contained in a final FY 15 package next year.
Stay tuned to future Policy Insider stories about the FY 2015 budget.