Just before the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2020, the Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) by a vote of 84-10, avoiding a federal government shutdown. The House had passed the measure on September 22, 2020, by a vote of 359-57. The CR expires on December 11, 2020, pushing broader spending debates regarding Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Appropriations into later this year after the November elections.
While both political parties in the House and Senate have expressed an interest in passing a bipartisan omnibus appropriations bill for the Fiscal Year 2021 in December, it is possible they will pass another stopgap bill to get through the end of the year and into the next Congress, depending on the tenor of debate following what is likely to be a contentious election next month. The outcome of the November elections will have an impact on the overall funding levels for the FY 2021 appropriations bills. It is expected that Congress will likely have to consider either an omnibus appropriations bill or another continuing resolution in late November or December 2020.
The NJCA will continue to work with the congressional leadership and the Appropriations Committees to ensure sufficient funding and the policy priorities for Job Corps are achieved in FY 2021.