Congress Approves 6-Week Continuing Resolution

October 5, 2011

The U.S. Congress finally passed legislation this week that will extend appropriations for the federal government until Nov. 18, 2011. The short-term continuing resolution (or CR) extends the authorization for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program until that date as well.

The Senate last week approved the six-week CR by a 79-12 vote. The Senate also passed a one-week CR, in order to give the House until October 4 to approve the broader CR. Yesterday, the House passed the Senate-approved compromise legislation by a vote of 352-66.

Congress needed to approve a continuing resolution by Sept. 30 to avoid a government shutdown, a possibility that loomed large during the funding debate. Of course, the possibility is likely to rise up again in the near future, as the Democratic-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House still need to approve long-term appropriations for Fiscal Year 2012. Currently, none of the 12 regular appropriations bills have been approved. The House has passed six appropriations bills, while the Senate only has approved the Military Construction/Veteran’s Affairs appropriations bill.

Please click here to urge your lawmakers to support a long-term SBIR reauthorization.

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