Funding Bill Signed, Bringing Lame-Duck Congress to a Close

The Senate cleared a stopgap spending bill on Friday, funding the government through April 28, 2017, and bringing the lame-duck session of the 114th Congress to a close. The bill, signed by President Obama on Saturday, means President-elect Donald Trump is likely to face a spending battle in Congress in the first 100 days of his administration. The House had passed the spending bill on December 8, but the Senate delayed passage over a dispute regarding health benefits for coal miners.

Congress concluded without a conference committee reaching agreement on a comprehensive energy bill, which contained provisions affecting the development of energy-efficiency building codes. NAIOP has worked closely with the sponsors of the Portman-Shaheen legislation – the Senate version of the energy bill – to ensure it included language requiring that codes are economically and technologically feasible, but the conference committee could not agree on a number of other provisions of the energy legislation before Congress adjourned for the year. The members of the 115th Congress will return the week of January 3 to be sworn into office.

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