On Wednesday evening, September 28, with two days to spare before the end of the fiscal year, Congress passed a ten-week funding bill. The short-term funding extension, known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), extends funding at current levels through December 9, 2016.
The CR continues funding for the Office of Adolescent Health’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent Health. Unfortunately, it also means competitive abstinence-only grant program funding continues into fiscal year (FY) 2017.
For more information on the current funding levels for these programs and what they support, see the SIECUS Federal Programs Cheat Sheet.
The funding bill also includes a $1.1 billion Zika virus emergency aid package, which had been a source of the funding stalemate between party leadership due to Republican efforts to block the funds from going to Planned Parenthood health centers. The final Zika emergency aid package has no such prohibitions. This funding will support efforts to reduce the risk of the Zika virus, particularly among pregnant women, through the development of vaccines and better diagnostics, as well as research on the impacts of the virus on infants and children.
Congress is now in recess, with members expected to return on November 14 for the “lame duck” session (meeting after their successors are elected, but before their successors' terms begin).
Final FY 2017 funding decisions beyond the short-term CR will be dependent on the results of the November 8 general election.