This bill (a continuing resolution) is considered a short term fix to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2014.
H.J.Res. 124 authorizes funding for government programs and services at the current annual cap rate of $1.012 trillion until December 11, 2014. This rate would continue until December, or until Congress agrees in an annual Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015.
Sponsoring Rep. Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) says that his bill is “clean” — as in, it doesn't have any controversial add-ons. The only add-in to note is additional funding to address the rampant Ebola outbreak in Africa:
"We have reached the point where a Continuing Resolution is necessary to keep the government functioning and avoid another shutdown...This bill is free of controversial riders, maintains current levels, and does not seek to change existing federal policies. However, this is a temporary, imperfect measure that does not reflect the changing needs of the nation or new budget priorities. In order to adequately address the country’s real and urgent budgetary requirements, it is imperative that Congress fulfill its Constitutional duty and enact actual, line-by-line Appropriations legislation for the next fiscal year."
H.J.Res 124 does include some changes to existing law that are funded within the limits set by the bill:
- Extending the expiration date of some Department of Defense programs like, counter-drug operations, Security Cooperation support in Iraq, and rewards for assistance in combatting terrorism.
- Continuing funding for State Department programs that combat aggression toward Ukraine and other former Soviet Union countries.
- Ensuring the appropriate treatment of veterans and supporting the continued oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs. This would include additional funding for processing disability claims, and investigations into allegations of improper conduct with wait lists and whistle blowing.
- Giving the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) support for maintaining their staff, security operations/immigration enforcement, and detention spaces.
- Sending money to combat the Ebola crisis, including additional funding for research on Ebola therapies the Centers for Disease Control’s response to the growing outbreak in Africa.
- Setting aside funds to offset food price increases in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program to ensure that no current recipients are removed from the program.
- Maintaining a weather satellite programs, ensuring the continuation of data for weather warnings and forecasts, including forecasts of severe weather events.
- Continued funding for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.
- Authorizing the operations of the Export-Import Bank through June 30, 2015.
- Extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act until December 11, 2014.