House passes stopgap bill to prevent government shutdown
Nov. 20 (UPI) — The House has passed a short-term spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down later this week when it was to run out of funds.
The stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, passed 231-192 to keep money in government coffers until Dec. 20. It will now head to the Senate for consideration before being signed by President Donald Trump to prevent a shutdown. The current stopgap spending bill is to lapse Thursday at midnight.
“I pleased that we are keeping government open, assuring full funding for a fair and accurate Census, and ensuring a pay raise for our military,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., said. “Even with passage of this CR, American families, businesses and communities need the certainty of full-year funding. Only by coming together in good faith can we settle subcommittee allocations and enact responsible, full-year spending bills that invest in critical priorities.”
The continuing resolution also ensures the Census Bureau full funding for next year’s census, a 3.1 percent pay raise for uniformed services, an increase in funding for the Indian Health Service and an increase of funds to respond to the Ebola outbreak in Africa.