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Republicans to postpone funding decisions until 2017

Republicans announced Nov. 17 that Congress will pass a continuing resolution funding the government through March 31 rather than deal with the appropriations bills on which Congress has worked this year.

The continuing resolution is considered a victory for President-elect Donald Trump, but it would also appear to relieve Democrats of policy riders they might not like, although it could allow review of regulations next year.

Retiring Senate Appropriations Committee ranking member Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said the decision was “deeply disappointing … My preference would be to do our job and work on an omnibus funding bill.”

“How we proceed from a parliamentary standpoint, whether it’s one whole bill or a series of minibuses, could be discussed,” Mikulski said. “We could do it. Where there’s a will there’s a way. Republicans instead have decided to procrastinate rather than legislate.”

— The Hagstrom Report

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