Earlier this evening, the House passed the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (H.R.8337) with broad bipartisan support 359-57, extending current federal funding levels through Dec. 11, 2020.
House Democrats previously released a version of the bill on Sept. 22. However, due to the absence of agricultural assistance requested by the White House, it was rejected by Republicans. The White House and Democrats reached an agreement earlier today, shortly before the vote. This version of the bill includes $30 billion in agricultural assistance to replenish the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), though Democrats secured a provision that would restrict CCC payments to fossil fuel companies. Democrats were also able to secure $8 billion for COVID-19 food assistance, including a year-long extension of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), waivers for the National School Lunch Program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
The bill heads now to the Senate and is expected to pass.
Below is a summary of Divisions B and C of the House CR related to surface transportation and health extenders.
The bill includes a yearlong extension of surface transportation programs set to expire on Sept. 30, 2020. In addition to plus-ups for nationally significant freight and highway projects and highway safety research and development, the bill transfers nearly $14 billion to the Highway Trust Fund—$10.4 billion to the Highway Account and $3.2 billion to the Mass Transit Account. Additionally, the Airport and Airway Trust Fund would receive $14 billion as well.
In response to the measure’s introduction, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders issued a press release applauding the effort. Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said with the “one-year extension in place, we can continue work on a long-term, transformational bill that significantly boosts investment in our surface transportation network and moves our transportation systems into the 21st century.” Additionally, Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) said the “full-year extension of expiring surface transportation programs will provide immediate, desperately needed certainty to state DOTs and transportation and construction industry workers across the country.”
Health Care Extenders
The bill also extends many health care provisions set to expire on Nov. 30, 2020, through Dec. 11. The health care extenders provisions are outlined below.
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