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October 29, 2019

Appropriations and Government Funding

On Friday, September 27, President Trump signed a continuing resolution (“CR”) that funds the government at current levels through November 21. The CR is a stopgap measure intended to give lawmakers time to negotiate an appropriations package for the 2020 fiscal year.

Many lawmakers had hoped the upcoming appropriations bill could serve as a vehicle for passing the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (“SECURE Act,” H.R. 1994), the broad retirement legislation that has been stalled in the Senate after passing the House 417-3, but the odds of such an outcome appear to be declining. Senate leadership has attempted several times to pass the SECURE Act by unanimous consent, but those efforts have been repeatedly blocked by a small group of Republican senators. As Congress grapples with a number of higher priorities, including impeachment, the SECURE Act, and possibly even 2020 appropriations legislation, may fall by the wayside as lawmakers consider punting government funding via a series of CRs. The trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, USMCA, could be another potential vehicle for SECURE, but its fate, too, is very uncertain.

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