Congress Passes Short-Term Funding, Governors Call for Full-Year Appropriations

Today, National Governors Association Chair Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Vice Chair Governor Spencer Cox of Utah released the following statement after the Senate and House passed a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund government operations through December 16, 2022.

“Governors thank Congress for passing a short-term funding bill that will provide the needed assurance of continued government operations beyond September 30.

“The measure includes vital recovery funding for recent disasters, an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, and additional support for home heating assistance in advance of the winter months.

“Included in the CR is an extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs (MIECHV), which expire at the end of the month. TANF provides essential funding to help states and territories deliver benefits and services that help families experiencing poverty achieve economic mobility, and MIECHV provides grants to states and territories to support home visiting programs for at-risk pregnant women and families.

“In addition, we applaud the extension of the increased federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands through December 16.

“Governors call on the President to swiftly sign the CR and urge Congress to pass full-year appropriations as soon as possible. States and territories succeed when there is certainty and stability in federal resources.”