In a last minute move, on September 28, 2016, the U.S. Senate averted a governmental shutdown by passing a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government through December 9, 2016. The bill passed 77-21 with bipartisan support and the U.S. House of Representatives then passed the measure 342-85. Highway funding will remain flat for the next 10 weeks.
As part of negotiations to pass the legislation, the Senate will tackle funding for Flint, Michigan, water infrastructure improvements in the upcoming lame duck session of Congress. The bill also includes $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and sends $500 million to Louisiana and other states recovering from natural disasters.