Budget Battles Loom in Washington

According to AAOS Advocacy Now, a bimonthly enewsletter prepared by the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) office of government relations, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have just 9 scheduled legislative days in September to address critical spending issues, including funding the federal government, before the start of the new fiscal year. Government funding runs out on Sept. 30 unless legislation is passed, and much work remains on the fiscal year 2014 appropriations bills.

Recently, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) stated that Congress should pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded while legislators continue work on the eight spending bills that the House hasn’t completed.

“It’s clear that we’re not going to have the appropriations bills finished by Sept. 30,” said Speaker Boehner. “I believe a continuing resolution for some short period of time would probably be in the nation’s interest. But having said that, the idea of operating for an entire year under a CR is not a good way to do business.”

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