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Sep 27, 2016

Senate Rejects Continuing Resolution – Stakeholders Await New Compromise as Lawmakers Hash Non-Immigration Issues

Matthew Galati

The U.S. Senate today has failed to obtain sufficient votes to invoke cloture and advance the Continuing Resolution that would fund the U.S. government and extend the EB-5 Regional Center Program, as well as a host of other U.S. immigration Programs, until Dec. 9, 2016. The vote was 45 yea, 55 no.

Ostensibly the reason for the negative outcome has nothing to do with EB-5 or immigration generally. The Senate vote, largely but not exclusively on party-lines, comes amidst opposition from Democratic lawmakers on the CR’s lack of funding for the Flint water crisis.

Stakeholders will await a new compromise amongst the Senators as the U.S. government heads towards a deadline that would create a government shutdown on October 1 without funding legislation. As we previously reported, if the program is to be extended at this time, it likely will be through a CR.

We will continue to update readers as the developments progress and potential new legislation is introduced.

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