Bill Calls for Full FY 2018 Defense Funds

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-New Jersey), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has introduced a bill that would fund national defense programs through the end of fiscal year 2018 and keep the government funded until Jan. 19.

Frelinghuysen’s office said Wednesday the continuing resolution seeks to prevent a government shutdown when the current temporary funding measure approved by President Donald Trump expires on Dec. 22.

The proposed CR bill would also waive automatic cuts to the defense budget, temporarily lift sequestration cuts to non-defense funds and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Frelinghuysen noted that the new stopgap funding measure would give leaders of the House, Senate and White House more time “to come to agreement on a topline spending level for this fiscal year.”

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