On January 22, 2018, Congress approved a short-term spending bill (the “Bill”) that will fund the government until February 8, 2018. The Bill was signed into law the same day. During its annual appropriation exercise, Congress provides funding for the agencies and programs it has authorized. Because Congress failed to adopt a regular appropriation bill, a continuing resolution was adopted on December 22, 2017 to continue government funding until January 19, 2018. The current Bill secures temporary funding to allow agencies and programs to continue to function, but a regular appropriations bill is required to secure funding for the entire year (until September 30, 2018).