House averts government shutdown

The House of Representatives on Oct. 4 passed legislation to keep the federal government operational through Nov. 18, providing lawmakers more time to negotiate on the fiscal year 2012 budget. President Barack Obama signed the bill several hours later, putting an end to the latest risk of a government shutdown.

The stopgap spending bill was approved in a 352-66 vote that lasted approximately 10 minutes. The Senate on Sept. 26 passed the continuing resolution that would provide enough funds to maintain  government operations through the first couple of weeks of the new fiscal year. The House then passed a shorter-term version of the measure during a pro forma session Sept. 29.

While the passage averts a shutdown in fiscal 2011, the threat isn't over for the calendar year. Partisan differences in Congress have brought the country to the brink of a government shutdown three times so far this year, and the biggest battle – over the fiscal 2012 spending bill – is yet to come. 

Democrats and Republicans have in recent weeks been butting heads over funds for disaster relief needed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The disagreement was about whether some aid for victims of natural disasters should have been offset by cuts elsewhere.

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Reader comments

Wed, Oct 5, 2011 Glenn

Wrong!! Those 66 representatives that opposed it need to be supported. This endless adding to the deficit needs to stop.

Wed, Oct 5, 2011 Mike Egnotovich Arlington, VA

All of these incompetent bureaucrats from Obama on down need to go. The electorate needs to make a statement that we will not tolerate these pompous idiots who are destroying our country and each and every citizens' standard of living by their actions and inactions. This lack of competent leadership in this country cannot be allowed to continue.

Wed, Oct 5, 2011

Oh Lord, here we go again with threats to shut down the government. Those ready to retire should do so immediately before anything happens to the funds.

Wed, Oct 5, 2011

I hope the media across the country names the 66 that did not go along so that voters will remember to run them out on election in 2012. They just can't manage to do right by the people. In the deficit showdown contingency funds had been built in to cover disaster costs. However, this crew just had to twist themselves into the ground along with the country desiring offsets. Talk about un-American and lacking compassion! Those 66 need to go!

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