House Passes Six-Month CR
The House of Representatives easily passed a continuing resolution Wednesday to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year (September 30). The current funding resolution is scheduled to expire on March 27. If the Senate fails to act before then the government will shut down.
The measure was approved by a vote of 267 to 151, with a significant number of Democrats (53) joining all but 14 Republicans in support of the bill, which allocates $982 billion in funding for the remainder of the fiscal year and provides greater flexibility to the Pentagon and other agencies to implement spending cuts mandated by sequestration.
The White House has said it is “deeply concerned” about the GOP effort to avoid a government shutdown, but notably did not threaten to veto the measure, in a statement issued Tuesday.