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House Proposes CR to Avoid Fed Shutdown

  • 1.  House Proposes CR to Avoid Fed Shutdown

    Posted 09-21-2020 15:45
    Edited by ASBO USA 09-21-2020 15:51
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    This afternoon, House Democrats released legislation to keep the federal government open and running through December 11, via a continuing resolution (CR) ahead of the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30. "H.R. 8319, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act" has not been approved by Republicans or by the White House, nor does it contain all the exemptions or "anomalies" that they were seeking. Attached to this post is a section-by-section summary of the bill, the full text can be found here, and some highlights are below.
     

    • Section 111. Operations of Mandatory Programs and Appropriated Entitlements-States that these programs and entitlements should operate as normal. In the case of a government shutdown, provides some of those programs with an additional 30 days beyond December 11, 2020 to operate.

    • Sections 117 & 118. Summer EBT & Commodity Supplemental Food Program-Allows USDA Food and Nutrition Service to spend at a higher rate during the CR to ensure the Summer EBT program is fully operational by May 2021 and to provide supplemental USDA foods to low-income seniors (age 60 and over) and to some low-income women, infants, and children up to age six.

    • Section 129. Extension for District of Columbia Voucher School Accreditation-D.C. voucher schools are given an additional year to be accredited and therefore remain in the program. The accrediting process requires in-school visits, which are not happening during the coronavirus.

    • Section 145. Disaster Relief Fund (DRF)-Allows FEMA to access the entire DRF appropriation for fiscal year 2021 under the continuing resolution as necessary to respond to declared disasters (wildfires, storms, floods, COVID-19, etc.).

    • Section 149. Maintaining Funding for TANF and Child Care Entitlement to States Programs-Extends funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and Child Care Entitlement to States program during the period of the CR, which will allow HHS to make first-quarter payments to states.

    The House Rules Committee is meeting about the bill today and the full House chamber may consider the legislation tomorrow or Wednesday. Note that House Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin vowed earlier on to have a "clean" CR that did not contain contentious policy provisions. However, the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) reports that both sides were having trouble agreeing on provisions including authorization for school meals to be provided at closed schools and farm subsidies before more disagreements arose about when the Senate should consider a nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created after Justice Ginsburg's passing on Friday. Consequently, it is not clear if the CR will sail smoothly through Congress as hoped for last week. Stay tuned for further updates on the Global School Business Network. 



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  • 2.  RE: House Proposes CR to Avoid Fed Shutdown

    Posted 09-23-2020 09:38
    Edited by ASBO USA 10-14-2020 16:13

    Yesterday, the House passed a continuing resolution (CR) funding package to extend federal funding through December 11, punting the threat of a federal shutdown until after the 2020 elections. House Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin negotiated an agreement on the package with slight revisions to the measure reported on in our prior legislative alert. (Click to read the latest version of the CR bill text and summary.)

    Notably, the revised CR package approved by the House would extend the USDA's Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program until the end of next September to ensure students who normally would receive free or reduced-price meals at school are receiving cash cards to help buy food. The P-EBT provides households $5.70 for every school day missed, and POLITICO reports that millions of households have received one-time payments of $250-$450 per child depending on where they live. The program extension through the end of the 2020-2021 school year is expected to cost $2.7 billion. (See Section 4601 of bill)

    Also, the CR package would extend school meal waivers under the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) through the end of September 2021, making it easier for schools to distribute food to children while school campuses are closed. The waivers had only been extended through December 31, 2020 previously, but if this measure comes into law, it will provide districts more stability and flexibility as they continue feeding and educating students this school year. (See Section 4602 of bill)

    The stopgap funding measure will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to pass before the September 30 deadline. We will continue to share any updates about the CR package's progress on this thread.



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  • 3.  RE: House Proposes CR to Avoid Fed Shutdown

    Posted 09-24-2020 09:46
    Thank you for always keeping us in the loop. 

    Derick D. Sibley, MBA, RTSBA
    Director of Finance
    Pleasant Grove ISD
    8500 N. Kings HWY
    Texarkana, TX 75503
    903-831-4086 (w)
    903-424-3370 (c) 

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  • 4.  RE: House Proposes CR to Avoid Fed Shutdown

    Posted 10-01-2020 11:10
    On Wednesday, the Senate passed a stopgap funding bill (continuing resolution/CR) to avoid a federal government shutdown and keep federal agencies funded through December 11. The measure was signed into law early this morning by President Trump.

    Education Week provided a comprehensive summary of the package as far as it impacts education. The most noteworthy item in the CR is that it extends the timeline and provides necessary funding for school meal waivers under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Specifically, it grants USDA the authority to extend meal waivers through September 30, 2021, so while the CR doesn't institute the waivers, it paves the way for the Secretary of Agriculture to grant them. Previously, USDA and Congress were in conflict about who had authority to extend these waivers, but this issue has now been cleared up through this package. Be on the lookout from announcements from USDA about implementing the extensions beyond December 31, 2020, which is where they (currently/technically) still stand.


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