Less than 24 hours ahead of a funding deadline that would have shut the government down at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, lawmakers approved a bill giving themselves another week to figure out how to fund the government through September. According to Reuters, “the Senate passed the stopgap measure by voice vote without opposition after the House earlier approved it by a tally of 382-30.” President Donald Trump will now be handed the continuing resolution to sign into law, hours before his 100th day in office. “It’s unfortunate that we are now discussing the potential of yet another extended continuing resolution, which is the equivalent of a mini sequestration round, which we have already been through before,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told the House Armed Services Committee in early April. “You see, in the Air Force we still haven’t recovered from round one. Failing to pass an appropriations bill will cost the Air Force $2.8 billion in the remaining five months of 2017.”
The Air Force will begin its 71st annual Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 4. The weeklong exercise is a yearly tradition that delivers supplies such as food, fishing equipment, school books, and clothes to remote islands in the Pacific. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian mission.