This bill extends FY 2016 funding for all government operations through 4/28/17, a necessary measure to prevent a government shutdown, after congressional leaders failed to reach a compromise on FY 2017 appropriations despite a 1-week extension in early 10/2016 (see *H.R. 5325 of 5/25/16 for the first extension and *H.R. 2029 of 4/24/15 on congressionalmonitor.org for a full summary of FY 2016 appropriations).
H.R. 2028 is included in this Monitor because Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) in 4/2016 submitted 3 different versions of an amendment to the original version of this bill that would bar the Obama administration from purchasing heavy water produced in Iran. The Senate rejected Cotton’s amendments (S.A. 3873 of 4/25/16, S.A. 3878 of 4/27/16, and S.A. 3881 of 4/27/16) to the legislation. Originally titled “Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016,” the bill would have provided funding for Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works projects, the Dept. of the Interior, the Dept. of Energy, and several independent agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Subsequently, it was amended as a substitute and used as a vehicle for continuing appropriations.
Last major action: 12/10/16 became public law (12/9/16 Senate agreed toHouse amendment, 63–
36; 12/8/16 House agreed to Senate amendment, 326–96).