Budget Brief 21-28
September 23, 2021

With fiscal year (FY) 2022 fast approaching, the House passed H.R. 5305, a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government operating through December 3. In addition to extending funding at FY 2021 levels, the CR:

  • Appropriates $28.6 billion in emergency funding to respond to various natural disasters and $6.3 billion to support Afghanistan evacuees
  • Suspends the debt ceiling until December 16, 2022
  • Extends Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Extends authority for nationwide waivers in Child Nutrition programs

This brief highlights key provisions of the CR. Table 1 at the end of the brief compares funding for selected grants to current and proposed levels.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where its future is uncertain due to Republican opposition to the debt limit fix. A CR must be enacted by October 1, 2021, to avoid a government shutdown.

Note: This bill was enacted on September 30. The provision to suspend the debt ceiling was dropped from the final version. All other provisions remain the same.