President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded through December 20 and providing an additional $5,958,905 to a program that “teaches participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity.”
The previous CR that had funded the federal government since the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1 expired on Thursday. So, if Congress had not enacted, and President Trump not signed, another spending bill, the government would have run out of funds.
Rather than pass individual appropriations laws to provide funding separately for different federal departments, Congress passed this new CR yesterday which will fund the entirety of the federal government for one month. Most programs will have their funding continued at the level they held in fiscal 2019, which ended on September 30.
But there are some exceptions.
For example, one part of the bill calls for: “Extension of the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program.”
Part of this section says: “(2) in subsection (f)(1), by striking ‘$10,684,931 for the period beginning October 1, 2019, and ending November 21, 2019’ and inserting ‘$16,643,836 for the period beginning October 1, 2019, and ending December 20, 2019.’”
A “Fact Sheet” about this program posted by the Department of Health and Human Services says:
“Grantees use an evidence-based approach and/or effective strategies to educate youth on the optimal health behavior of avoiding non-marital sexual activity and other risky behaviors. SRAE-GD projects provide services to youth populations, age 10-19, using a Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework as part of risk avoidance strategies. The goal of the SRAE-GD program is to educate youth on how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity and avoid related risky behaviors