House Republicans on Wednesday evening introduced a stopgap funding bill that would keep the government functioning through May 5 while lawmakers work on final legislation to fund the government through September.
The measure would keep the government running at current funding levels, according to a statement by House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-NJ.
“This Continuing Resolution will continue to keep the government open and operating as normal for the next several days, in order to finalize legislation to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year,” Frelinghuysen said. “I am optimistic that a final funding package will be completed soon. It is time that this essential work is completed so that critical programs and activities – including national defense –are properly and adequately funded for the year.”
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-MS, the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, backed the passage of the stopgap measure.
“We’ve made substantial progress on an agreement to complete the 2017 appropriations process. Let’s pass this new continuing resolution, and make good use of this extra time to enact overdue legislation to provide for national defense and meet our country’s needs,” Cochran said in a statement released Wednesday evening.