The House and Senate, along strongly partisan lines, passed a continuing resolution (CR) yesterday. The vote keeps the government operating through Dec. 22. The short-term compromise allows congress time to focus their attention on negotiations on the tax reform plan and other important issues that need to be addressed by the end of the year.
The next two weeks will be very busy as congress hopes to have the tax negotiations completed by Dec. 18. Then, they may need to tackle another CR to allow time to resolve the Medicare rural extenders, CHIP, DSH and other outstanding issues.