DEAL TO AVERT SHUTDOWN REACHED - September 28, 2016
Congress Reaches Tentative Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown
By Kellie Lunney, Government Executive
Lawmakers tentatively reached a last-minute deal Tuesday night to avert a government shutdown on Saturday, according to news reports.
House leadership has agreed on a plan to include funding to deal with the water crisis in Flint, Mich., in the 2016 Water Resources Development Act, the Washington Post and The Hill reported. The Flint funding, which is in the Senate version but not the House version of the waterways bill, became the major sticking point in negotiations over a continuing resolution to keep the government open past Sept. 30 into the start of fiscal 2017. Most Senate Democrats opposed the CR that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., put forward because it didn’t include funding for Flint. The CR does include aid for communities devastated by recent floods in Louisiana and elsewhere.