September 30, 2019
On Friday, September 27, President Trump signed a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open until November 21, operating at current funding levels. As Fiscal Year 2019 ended on September 30, this CR averts a government shutdown and buys lawmakers more time to hash out final appropriations language. However, because the House of Representatives initiated impeachment proceedings against President Trump last week, appropriations work may fall to the wayside. Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL) did not rule out the potential for another CR until December, after the current one expires, and even a yearlong continuing resolution if lawmakers cannot reach an agreement. The prospect of a yearlong CR jeopardizes the $100 million increase put forward by the House of Representatives for TRIO. COE continues to monitor the situation closely and will provide continued guidance to TRIO educators and advocates as the situation unfolds.