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9/28/2018 1:45 p.m. – Bloomberg reports that President Donald Trump signed a “minibus” appropriations legislation (H.R. 6157) to fund the DOL, the National Labor Relations Board, the Defense Department, the Health and Human Services Department, and related agencies for the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.

The minibus also includes a continuing resolution which will extend funding for agencies (which includes the SNAP program) not covered by completed appropriations bills through Dec. 7, averting a federal government shutdown at the end of this month.

The president’s signature into law comes days after the House and Senate passed the minibus on 9/26/2018, which was a compromise of previous House- and Senate-passed versions of the legislation.

 

9/27/2018 – 7:10 a.m. – CNN reports that the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a spending package that aims to avert a shutdown. The vote was 361-61.

The bill next heads to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature. Although the President has given mixed signals on whether he will sign the bill because of the lack of money appropriated for a border wall — Republicans have expressed confidence this week that he will sign the measure.

President Trump said yesterday (Wednesday) that he would keep the government running, saying “We’ll keep the government open,” after a meeting at the United Nations with his Japanese counterpart in New York.

President Trump must sign the bill by midnight Sunday to prevent a shutdown.

 

9/26/2018 – It is time for Congress to pass another budget that will supply the money to keep many government programs and departments running, including SNAP or food stamps.

  • Congress has until midnight on September 30th to pass the budget.
  • If they are not successful, the government will be partially shut down until the government can come to a final decision.
  • In the event of this government shut down, FNS will determine what measures will be taken for any SNAP transactions and goEBT will support those actions immediately.

goEBT will continue to monitor this situation and will keep you updated about this matter and will let you know what you need to do if the government does shut down. 

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Previous Shutdown Updates 

2/9/2018 After an 8 hour overnight shutdown, a bill was signed by the President to fund the government.  Debates on DACA are scheduled to start soon.

1/23/2018 In consideration of the Congressional and Presidential actions taken January 22, 2018, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has received funding through continuing resolution to resume operations.  FNS staff returned to work January 23, 2018 and the agency is able to provide SNAP benefits as well as administrative funding through the end of March.

1/22/2018 9:20 p.m. President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday night ending the government shutdown, capping off a nearly three-day deadlock and reinstating funds until February 8, 2018.

The House and the Senate voted today to end the government shutdown, extending funding for three weeks, following a deal being reached between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding assurances related to immigration.

 

1/22/2018 12:51 p.m. – The Senate voted today to reopen the government, ending a three-day standoff that left federal agencies shuttered and hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed, according to The Hill.

Democrats agreed to advance a stopgap spending measure lasting until Feb. 8 after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised to allow an immigration bill to reach the floor next month for debate.

The three-week funding bill still needs to pass on a final up-or-down vote, but that appears to be a formality now that the Senate has voted to end dilatory debate.

 

1/22/2018 6:57 a.m. –  CNN is reporting that the Senate is scheduled to have a key vote at noon Monday on a bill to reopen the government and fund it for three weeks.  It remains unclear if this plan will win over enough Democrats to pass.

The vote was moved from 1 a.m. ET Monday to noon after it became clear Democrats would block the spending bill over disagreements on a variety of issues, most notably what do about young people affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas (R) said he thought Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York agreed to push back the vote to give his caucus “a chance to chew” on a GOP proposal that might break the impasse.

 

1/20/2018 12:01 a.m. – The federal government shut down at midnight Friday, 1/19/2018, as senators continued to scramble to reach a deal to fund the government.

There will be no interruption to your ability to process SNAP/EBT transactions for at least 30 days.

goEBT will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed as any new developments occur.

 

1/19/2018 3:36 p.m. – The Hill is reporting that Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) returned to the Capitol Friday afternoon without a deal to avoid a government shutdown and said there are still “a good number of disagreements” with President Trump on both immigration and spending.

Schumer said that while at the White House he had “a long and detailed meeting” with Trump that covered all the “major outstanding issues,” but they failed to reach an agreement.

“We made some progress but we still have a good number of disagreements. The discussion will continue,” Schumer said.

The failure to reach a deal at the White House increases the likelihood of the first government shutdown since 2013.

The Hill further reported that GOP senators who gathered for a lunch meeting Friday said they would wait for the outcome of the White House talks before determining their next steps. The Senators now must decide whether to go forward with a vote to advance a House-passed funding bill that would keep the federal government operating until Feb. 16.

 

1/19/2018 12:02 p.m. – The Washington Post is reporting that the federal government remains on a path toward a shutdown Friday.  Senate Democrats appear to be rallying against a short-term spending bill (known as a Continuing Resolution) that does not offer protections for young undocumented immigrants or address other priorities such as disaster relief.

Other news organizations are reporting similar statuses.  It is expected that the Senate will hold a vote late this afternoon or evening to avoid a government shutdown that would begin at midnight tonight.

 

1/18/2018 – If you are not already aware, there has been recent news concerning a possible government shut-down unless congress is able to reach an agreement on the government budget by midnight this evening.

If there is a shut-down, there will be no interruption to your ability to process SNAP/EBT transactions for at least 30 days.

goEBT will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed as any new developments occur.

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