Senate Inches Closer to Agreement on FY17 CR
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiations over a fiscal 2017 stopgap measure needed to keep the government open when the new fiscal year starts on Oct. 1 are “largely done,” according to one senator participating in the talks, but as of Wednesday night there was no indication that an agreement had been reached. Earlier in the day, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said the negotiations were wrapping up, reported CQ Roll Call. Other lawmakers, however, insisted a deal should not be expected yet.“There’s been a lot of back and forth,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). “I just don’t think [Democrats] are in a big hurry to do this because they’d like to keep all of our 2016ers here and not back home campaigning. So it’s pretty predictable.”The Senate on Tuesday advanced the continuing resolution (CR) even without an agreement on the final text, voting to limit debate on a motion to proceed to the expected legislative vehicle for the measure. A second procedural vote is scheduled for Thursday. Negotiators reportedly have reached agreement to include emergency funding to combat Zika, with lawmakers agreeing to remove language barring Planned Parenthood affiliates in Puerto Rico from receiving federal funds. The CR is expected to run through Dec. 9 and include a full-year FY 2017 spending bill for military construction and Veterans Affairs.