Fiscal Year 2022 funding runs out on September 30, and the federal government begins Fiscal Year 2023 on October 1. The current proposal would fund the government through December 16, punting spending decisions till after the midterm elections. The bill requires a simple majority in the House and a 60-vote threshold in the Senate.
The bill also includes a proposal from Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to speed up approval for energy projects and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is urging his fellow Senate Republicans to reject Manchin’s energy permitting proposal. The bill also includes $2 billion for a block grant program to help communities hit by natural disasters in 2021 and 2022; $2.5 billion for recovery in New Mexico from the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon fire in April; $1 billion to help Americans pay for home heating as winter approaches; and $20 million to help address the water crisis in Jackson, MS. Discussions are underway about stripping the bill of additional proposals and passing a “clean” continuing resolution.