Congress on 22 January approved a stop-gap budget through 8 February, and the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the wider federal government were poised to re-open after a brief partial shutdown was ordered for lack of appropriated funds.
As of this writing, the legislation, a Continuing Resolution (CR) budget for fiscal year 2018, still needed to be signed by the president.
This would be the fourth stop-gap CR enacted since the fiscal year began on 1 October 2017. These are restrictive budgets that fund the government at last year’s levels and generally ban new start programmes or changes in production rates.
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