House passes short-term funding bill to avoid government shutdown

Henrietta Strickland
September 20, 2019

The bill would extend for another year funding for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative that would otherwise expire after September 30.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved three noncontroversial measures on unanimous votes as the sniping continued in the wake of Wednesday's Democratic filibuster of the nearly $700 billion defense bill and other legislation.

"We must pass a continuing resolution to avoid another government shutdown", House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat from NY, said in a statement.

The bipartisan measure, approved by a 301-123 vote, would give lawmakers until the Thanksgiving break to negotiate and pass $1.4 trillion worth of annual agency spending bills.

Funding for the wall and Department of Homeland Security operations still remains a sticking point. Democrats say Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is favoring certain crops over others, and Democrats won language requiring a report on where the bailout money is going. The measure would generally extend current spending levels through November 21, giving Congress more time to work on the regular appropriations bills for the 2020 fiscal year.

Few details of the draft Senate bill have been released although a summary shows that the measure will follow the House's lead in opposing the OPM reorganization. "They know what they have to do".

A dispute over the border wall ultimately led to a partial government shutdown previous year that extended into the start of the new, 116th Congress with Democrats refusing to sign off on the President's demand for money for his signature campaign promise. The partial shutdown impacted roughly a quarter of the federal government and hundreds of thousands of federal workers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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