Budget

Senate votes to keep government open through September

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In a fast-moving afternoon session March 20, the U.S. Senate passed a continuing resolution to keep government funded through the current fiscal year.

The measure, technically a substitute amendment to a continuing resolution passed by the House of Representatives, contains appropriations for several government departments including Justice, Commerce, Homeland Security and Agriculture. The original House bill funded Defense, Veterans Affairs and military construction. Remaining government functions will be funded by continuing resolution at FY 2012 levels.

The bill preserves the across-the-board cuts in the Budget Control Act of 2011, known as sequestration.

An amendment to shift $55 million in USDA funds to prevent furloughs of meat and poultry inspectors passed on a voice vote. An amendment to shift some funding out of a Pentagon biofuels program and into the operations and maintenance budget failed.

The House appears poised to take up the bill quickly, while the Senate plans to pivot to a debate on a budget for 2014.

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Adam Mazmanian is FCW's senior staff writer, and covers Congress, health IT and governmentwide IT policy. Connect with him on Twitter: @thisismaz.

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Reader comments

Thu, Mar 21, 2013

The sequestration is nothing more than a TAX on Federal employees. Thanks Tea Party!

Thu, Mar 21, 2013 Govt Worker 101

According to the article, even though a continuing resolution is Senate-approved, they are still enforcing the across-the-board cuts imposed by sequestration. So, in order for one group to get what they want (Spending cuts), they used sequestration as an extortion weapon? I would have less problem with that if the tactic was strictly between parties. But instead, the 'gun-to-the-head' was put against Government workers, programs and services. The 'still-happening' cuts are directly attributed to a two-party Congress trying to 'best' each other while the American public can only watch as more jobs and services are lost.

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