Two provisions of note: The legislation includes two policy provisions of importance to National Council members: first, it extends the temporary classification of fentanyl as a Schedule 1 drug through the new deadline of Feb. 18 and second, would extend enhanced Medicaid funding for the territories, excluding Puerto Rico.
What's Next: While Congressional leadership is confident that the CR will clear both chambers, a brief weekend shutdown cannot be ruled out at this point. Reports from Capitol Hill suggest disagreements with the Biden administration's federal vaccine mandates could delay votes by tomorrow's deadline. This issue could also place a pressure point on broader FY2022 spending talks, as both Democrats and Republicans still remain far apart on a topline deal.
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