This bill (a “continuing resolution” or CR) would avoid a lapse in funding for certain federal agencies and programs that was set to occur on December 7, 2018 by extending funding for two weeks through December 21, 2018. It would prevent a partial government shutdown that would otherwise impact agencies funded under seven of the 12 annual appropriations bills, which represent roughly 30% of the federal discretionary budget. (Agencies funded under the Defense; Energy & Water; Labor/HHS/Education; Legislative Branch; and Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriations bills are fully funded through September 30, 2019.)
Other programs extended through December 21st include:
The National Flood Insurance Program;
The Violence Against Women Act;
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.