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A Continuing Resolution

The following is the text of H.J. Res. 68, a Continuing Resolution allowing the Federal Government to operate temporarily without an approved budget. [return to Government Shutdown?]


H.J. Res.68

One Hundred Sixth Congress

of the

United States of America

AT THE FIRST SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,

the sixth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine

Joint Resolution

Making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2000, and for other purposes.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, and out of applicable corporate or other revenues, receipts, and funds, for the several departments, agencies, corporations, and other organizational units of Government for the fiscal year 2000, and for other purposes, namely:

    SEC. 101. (a) Such amounts as may be necessary under the authority and conditions provided in the applicable appropriations Act for the fiscal year 1999 for continuing projects or activities including the costs of direct loans and loan guarantees (not otherwise specifically provided for in this joint resolution) which were conducted in the fiscal year 1999 and for which appropriations, funds, or other authority would be available in the following appropriations Acts:

      (1) the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000;

      (2) the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000, notwithstanding section 15 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956, section 701 of the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, section 313 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 (Public Law 103-236), and section 53 of the Arms Control and Disarmament Act;

      (3) the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2000, notwithstanding section 504(a)(1) of the National Security Act of 1947;

      (4) the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2000;

      (5) the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2000;

      (6) the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2000, notwithstanding section 10 of Public Law 91-672 and section 15 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956;

      (7) the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000;

      (8) the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000, the House or Senate reported version of which, if such reported version exists, shall be deemed to have passed the House or Senate respectively as of October 1, 1999, for the purposes of this joint resolution, unless a reported version is passed as of October 1, 1999, in which case the passed version shall be used in place of the reported version for purposes of this joint resolution;

      (9) the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000;

      (10) the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000;

      (11) the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2000; and

      (12) the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000:

    Provided, That whenever the amount which would be made available or the authority which would be granted in these Acts as passed by the House and Senate as of October 1, 1999, is different than that which would be available or granted under current operations, the pertinent project or activity shall be continued at a rate for operations not exceeding the current rate: Provided further, That whenever there is no amount made available under any of these appropriations Acts as passed by the House and Senate as of October 1, 1999, for a continuing project or activity which was conducted in fiscal year 1999 and for which there is fiscal year 2000 funding included in the budget request, the pertinent project or activity shall be continued at the rate for current operations under the authority and conditions provided in the applicable appropriations Act for the fiscal year 1999.

    (b) Whenever the amount which would be made available or the authority which would be granted under an Act listed in this section as passed by the House as of October 1, 1999, is different from that which would be available or granted under such Act as passed by the Senate as of October 1, 1999, the pertinent project or activity shall be continued at a rate for operations not exceeding the current rate under the appropriation, fund, or authority granted by the applicable appropriations Act for the fiscal year 2000 and under the authority and conditions provided in the applicable appropriations Act for the fiscal year 1999.

    (c) Whenever an Act listed in this section has been passed by only the House or only the Senate as of October 1, 1999, the pertinent project or activity shall be continued under the appropriation, fund, or authority granted by the one House at a rate for operations not exceeding the current rate and under the authority and conditions provided in the applicable appropriations Act for the fiscal year 1999: Provided, That whenever there is no amount made available under any of these appropriations Acts as passed by the House or the Senate as of October 1, 1999, for a continuing project or activity which was conducted in fiscal year 1999 and for which there is fiscal year 2000 funding included in the budget request, the pertinent project or activity shall be continued at the rate for current operations under the authority and conditions provided in the applicable appropriations Act for the fiscal year 1999.

    (d) If the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000, has not been reported in either the House or the Senate as of October 1, 1999, continuing projects or activities that were conducted in fiscal year 1999 shall be continued at the current rate under the appropriation, fund or authority and terms and conditions provided in the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999.

    SEC. 102. No appropriation or funds made available or authority granted pursuant to section 101 for the Department of Defense shall be used for new production of items not funded for production in fiscal year 1999 or prior years, for the increase in production rates above those sustained with fiscal year 1999 funds, or to initiate, resume, or continue any project, activity, operation, or organization which are defined as any project, subproject, activity, budget activity, program element, and subprogram within a program element and for investment items are further defined as a P-1 line item in a budget activity within an appropriation account and an R-1 line item which includes a program element and subprogram element within an appropriation account, for which appropriations, funds, or other authority were not available during the fiscal year 1999: Provided, That no appropriation or funds made available or authority granted pursuant to section 101 for the Department of Defense shall be used to initiate multi-year procurements utilizing advance procurement funding for economic order quantity procurement unless specifically appropriated later.

    SEC. 103. Appropriations made by section 101 shall be available to the extent and in the manner which would be provided by the pertinent appropriations Act.

    SEC. 104. No appropriation or funds made available or authority granted pursuant to section 101 shall be used to initiate or resume any project or activity for which appropriations, funds, or other authority were not available during the fiscal year 1999.

    SEC. 105. No provision which is included in an appropriations Act enumerated in section 101 but which was not included in the applicable appropriations Act for fiscal year 1999 and which by its terms is applicable to more than one appropriation, fund, or authority shall be applicable to any appropriation, fund, or authority provided in this joint resolution.

    SEC. 106. Unless otherwise provided for in this joint resolution or in the applicable appropriations Act, appropriations and funds made available and authority granted pursuant to this joint resolution shall be available until: (a) enactment into law of an appropriation for any project or activity provided for in this joint resolution; (b) the enactment into law of the applicable appropriations Act by both Houses without any provision for such project or activity; or (c) October 21, 1999, whichever first occurs.

    SEC. 107. Appropriations made and authority granted pursuant to this joint resolution shall cover all obligations or expenditures incurred for any program, project, or activity during the period for which funds or authority for such project or activity are available under this joint resolution.

    SEC. 108. Expenditures made pursuant to this joint resolution shall be charged to the applicable appropriation, fund, or authorization whenever a bill in which such applicable appropriation, fund, or authorization is contained is enacted into law.

    SEC. 109. No provision in the appropriations Act for the fiscal year 2000 referred to in section 101 of this Act that makes the availability of any appropriation provided therein dependent upon the enactment of additional authorizing or other legislation shall be effective before the date set forth in section 106(c) of this joint resolution.

    SEC. 110. Appropriations and funds made available by or authority granted pursuant to this joint resolution may be used without regard to the time limitations for submission and approval of apportionments set forth in section 1513 of title 31, United States Code, but nothing herein shall be construed to waive any other provision of law governing the apportionment of funds.

    SEC. 111. This joint resolution shall be implemented so that only the most limited funding action of that permitted in the joint resolution shall be taken in order to provide for continuation of projects and activities.

    SEC. 112. Notwithstanding any other provision of this joint resolution, except section 106, for those programs that had high initial rates of operation or complete distribution of fiscal year 1999 appropriations at the beginning of that fiscal year because of distributions of funding to States, foreign countries, grantees or others, similar distributions of funds for fiscal year 2000 shall not be made and no grants shall be awarded for such programs funded by this resolution that would impinge on final funding prerogatives.

    SEC. 113. Notwithstanding any other provision of this joint resolution, except section 106, the rate for operations for projects and activities that would be funded under the heading `International Organizations and Conferences, Contributions to International Organizations' in the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000, shall be the amount provided by the provisions of section 101 multiplied by the ratio of the number of days covered by this resolution to 366.

    SEC. 114. Notwithstanding any other provision of this joint resolution, except section 106, the rate for operations for the following activities funded with Federal Funds for the District of Columbia, shall be at a rate for operations not exceeding the current rate, multiplied by the ratio of the number of days covered by this joint resolution to 366: Corrections Trustee Operations, Public Defender Services, Parole Revocation, Adult Probation, Offender Supervision, Sex Offender Registration, Pretrial Services, District of Columbia Courts, and Defender Services in District of Columbia Courts.

    SEC. 115. Activities authorized by sections 1309(a)(2), as amended by Public Law 104-208, and 1376(c) of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.), may continue through the date specified in section 106(c) of this joint resolution.

    SEC. 116. Notwithstanding any other provision of this joint resolution, except section 106, the rate for operations for reimbursement of past losses for the Commodity Credit Corporation Fund shall be $11,500,000,000.

    SEC. 117. Notwithstanding section 235(a)(2) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2195(a)(2)), the authority of section 234(a) (b) and (c), of the same Act, shall remain in effect during the period of this joint resolution.

    SEC. 118. Notwithstanding sections 101, 104, and 106 of this joint resolution, funds may be used to initiate or resume projects or activities at a rate in excess of the current rate to the extent necessary, consistent with existing agency plans, to achieve Year 2000 (Y2K) computer compliance and for implementation of business continuity and contingency plans.

 

    SEC. 119. Notwithstanding sections 101 and 104 of this joint resolution, not to exceed $189,524,382 shall be available for projects and activities for decennial census programs for the period covered by this joint resolution.

    SEC. 120. Notwithstanding section 101 of this joint resolution, the rate for operations for projects and activities funded by accounts in the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000 as passed by the House and Senate affected by the foreign affairs reorganization shall be at the current rate for the accounts funding such projects and activities in the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999, distributed into the accounts established in the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000 as passed by the House and Senate.

    SEC. 121. Notwithstanding section 309(g) of the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994 (22 U.S.C. 6208) and section 101 of this joint resolution, the rate for operation for Radio Free Asia shall be at the current rate for operations and under the terms provided for in the fiscal year 1999 grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors to RFA, Inc.

    SEC. 122. Public Law 106-46 is amended by deleting `October 1, 1999' and inserting `November 1, 1999'.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.


What is a Continuing Resolution?
The federal government operates on a fiscal year cycle, which starts on October 1 and continues to midnight September 30. By the end of the fiscal year, if Congress fails to pass regular appropriations or continuing resolutions or if the President fails to sign or vetoes any type of appropriations legislation, nonessential activities of the federal government may be forced to cease for lack of budget authority. Traditionally, most continuing resolutions have been signed into law, which permits budget authority to federal departments and programs until regular appropriations acts are enacted.

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