On Monday, January 21, 2018, Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the Federal government through February 8, 2018, thereby ending a Federal government shutdown initiated on Friday, January 9. While the House of Representatives passed a short-term continuing resolution on Thursday, January 18, the bill failed to garner enough votes for passage in the Senate leading to a three-day long government shutdown. The majority of Democrats, and four Republicans, opposed last week's continuing resolution on the grounds of the bill lacking protections for nearly 800,000 immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). The continuing resolution adopted on Monday, January 21, also included a six-year reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as well as a delay of certain healthcare taxes under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Joint Committee on Taxation released a reportstating that the delay of ACA taxes would reduce federal revenues by nearly $31 billion over ten years.
January 2018 Legislative Update