Congress Approves FY 2017 Budget Resolution, Setting Stage for ACA Repeal

Budget Brief 17-03
January 20, 2017

Summary 

On January 13, Congress adopted a concurrent budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2017. In a typical year, the budget resolution is adopted long before the beginning of the fiscal year, setting discretionary spending targets for congressional appropriators to use in drafting the budget.

This year is different. The 114th Congress never adopted a budget resolution or a final spending bill for FY 2017, which began on October 1, 2016. (The fiscal year has thus far been governed by continuing resolutions [CR], the most recent of which expires on April 28, 2017.) The 115th Congress has now resurrected the FY 2017 budget resolution, to pursue its objective of repealing major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This Budget Brief summarizes provisions of interest to states.