On December 10, President Obama signed legislation funding the government via Continuing Resolution (CR) through April 28. The CR maintains the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 spending cap at $1.07 trillion and imposes an across the board cut of 0.19% for all discretionary budget programs. Passage of a CR rather than a full-year appropriations bill means Congress will again have to address funding of government programs for FY 2017 in the spring. The House had favored the CR ending in March but the Senate pushed back citing their heavy workload early next year in conducting hearings and confirmation votes for President-elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees, as well as his nominee for the Supreme Court.
On December 1, the Department of Justice on behalf of the Department of Labor filed a notice to appeal the preliminary injunction to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit according to a Labor Department press statement. The Labor Department's action responds to the injunction that a U.S. District Court issued on November 22, blocking the Department from implementing and enforcing the Overtime Rule which was scheduled to go into effect on December 1. NLBMDA issued a Regulatory Update summarizing the injunction and the Court’s rationale.