On December 10, 2015, the Senate unanimously approved a five-day funding measure to prevent a government shutdown at midnight tonight. This extension is in addition to the Temporary Spending Measures passed by Congress on September 30, 2015 to prevent a government shutdown starting October 1, 2015. If passed, the extension would give Congress until December 16, 2015 to pass a comprehensive $1.1 trillion spending package.
According to numerous reports, today the House is expected to vote on and pass the measure and President Obama is expected to sign the short-term continuing resolution into law, thus avoiding the shutdown at midnight. Once passed, the short-term continuing resolution will also extend EB-5, Conrad 30, Special Religious Workers, and E-Verify for five additional days. Several experts have indicated that Congress is close to passing the omnibus federal spending bill.
D&S will continue to monitor this developing situation and provide timely updates.