The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives yesterday passed legislation re-opening the government until Jan. 15 and raising the debt ceiling until Feb. 7. The legislation funds the government at current spending levels and requires the House and Senate to come together in a conference committee to agree on a longer-term budget. Current law requires deeper sequestration cuts beginning on Jan. 15, and the conference committee is expected to look for savings to avert or replace these cuts, leaving hospitals vulnerable in budget negotiations. CHA will continue to advocate against any cuts to hospitals as a piece of the long-term budget deal; members are encouraged to join CHA in Washington, D.C. for Advocacy Day on Oct. 29 to communicate this message to representatives face to face.
The vote was bipartisan in both houses, passing the Senate 81-18, with both of California’s senators voting yes. In the House, the vote was 285-144, including the entire Democratic delegation voting yes. California’s Republican representatives were split, with Reps. Calvert, Cook, Issa, McCarthy, McKeon, Gary Miller, Nunes and Valadao voting yes; and Reps. Campbell, Denham, Hunter, LaMalfa, McClintock, Rohrabacher and Royce voting no.