To allow federal agencies to continue operating through Dec. 18, Congress last week approved another continuing resolution. The House approved the measure 239-178 and the Senate gave it unanimous consent. President Obama signed it into law on Saturday.
A new continuing resolution was necessary because a previous one -- passed prior to the election -- expired on Dec. 3, and Congress unfortunately has still not passed any of the twelve appropriations bills for this fiscal year. The new resolution will fund most agencies at last year's enacted levels.