Stopgap Spending Bill Clears the House, Moves to Senate

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The House voted this afternoon to approve a nearly two-month stopgap spending bill that would push current Federal funding levels beyond the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year. The bill, H.R. 4378, passed in a vote of 301-123. The Senate is expected to pass the bill next week, sending it to the White House for President Trump’s signature.

The text of H.R. 4378 was released by House Democrats on Sept. 18 and will push the next spending deadline to Nov. 21. The legislation also would prevent a government shutdown that would occur on Oct. 1 if the 12 regular appropriations bills that fund the federal government for FY2020 have not been enacted.

The continuing resolution calls for maintaining funding for most projects and activities at the FY2019 levels. However, it does allow for several exceptions that provide funding flexibility and additional appropriations to various Federal programs.

House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said the legislation, which she sponsored, “will provide families, businesses, and communities with budget certainty while we negotiate long-term funding.”

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