House Approves CR With Military Pay Raise; Next Stop is Senate

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Capitol Washington DC Federal

The House voted today by a margin of 230-194 to approve a continuing budget (CR) resolution that will fund Federal government operations through Dec. 20.

In addition to keeping the government running, the CR gives the green light to a 3.1 percent annual pay raise for military personnel, and provides funding to the Commerce Department for work on the 2020 Census.

The CR legislation now goes to the Senate, which has until Thursday to act on it before Federal government funding runs out.

In remarks earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated support for the CR.

“I am encouraged that the House will apparently be voting today on a continuing resolution to keep government funded to December 20th while talks [on full-year FY 2020 budget legislation] continue,” the senator said.  He continued, “These talks must continue, because it is vital that we work in good-faith to fund important priorities for the coming year. But what is needed in the near term is to keep government open for the next several weeks while this work goes on.”

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