Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes

December 3, 2018
December 7, 2018
Became Public Law

After congressional leaders failed to pass FY 2019 appropriations for most departments of the federal government before the end of FY 2018, they passed a continuing resolution to extend FY 2018 appropriations for those departments through 12/7/18 (see *H.R. 6157 of 6/20/18 for the continuing resolution and *H.R. 1625 of 3/20/18 for FY2018 appropriations). When they again failed to reach a compromise, they passed this joint resolution, extending FY 2018 appropriation for those departments again, this time through 12/21/18.

Amid the ensuing negotiations over an omnibus appropriations bill in mid-12/2018, there were numerous reports that some members of Congress were working to include in the bill several of the major pro-Israel bills that were introduced earlier in the 115th Congress. These included the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720 and H.R. 1697 of 3/23/17), the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act (S. 2940 and H.R. 5924 of 5/23/18), and the Palestinian Partnership Fund Act (H.R. 7060 of 10/12/18 and S. 3549 of 10/4/18). However, congressional leaders ultimately rejected President Trump’s demand for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in a government shutdown that lasted through the end of the session. Work on these measures and FY 2019 funding resumed in the opening weeks of the 116th Congress.

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