House passes latest short-term funding measure

Senate now takes it up

Yet another measure to provide temporary funding for the government and forestall a shutdown has passed the House of Representatives. The measure passed late Tuesday by a vote of 271-158. The bill now goes to the Senate.

It is just the latest in a series of temporary measures to keep funding available in the short term. Republicans and Democrats are at loggerheads on proposed cuts in spending, and have been unable to reach a compromise.

Read the text of the bill here.

Reacting to passage in the House, White House spokesman Jay Carney issued a statement, saying: "The short-term funding bill passed in the House of Representatives today gives Congress some breathing room to find consensus on a long-term measure that funds the government through the end of the fiscal year.  The President urges the Senate to pass this bill to avoid a government shutdown that would be harmful to our economic recovery.  But the President has been clear: with the wide range of issues facing our nation, we cannot keep funding the government in two- or three-week increments.  It is time for us to come together, find common ground and resolve this issue in a sensible way."

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Reader comments

Thu, Mar 17, 2011

May be the governing body, the Congress and the Senate needs to be cut by 50%. There are approximately 535 members, if it was cut to say 265 members how much money do you think would be saved over a 5 to 10 year period, probably billions.

Wed, Mar 16, 2011

I am 73 years old and I keep think year after year that things will get better and our government and elected representatives will become more responsible. I hate to think that current conditions will continue until I am in my grave; however, experience dictates that more than likely it will continue until then and perhaps beyond! What a sad commentary for a person of my, but this is apparently the reality of it. Somebody, anybody please help put a stop to all this nonsense!

Wed, Mar 16, 2011

Not to worry! Maybe while our President is in Rio this weekend he'll have the time to contemplate a solution.

Wed, Mar 16, 2011

"But the President has been clear: with the wide range of issues facing our nation, we cannot keep funding the government in two- or three-week increments. It is time for us to come together, find common ground and resolve this issue in a sensible way."

Oh, he's been clear. But when the bill reaches his desk, he'll sign it. All talk. I'm a federal employee, and I'm so sick of this dysfunctional bantering, I could scream. Congress - DO YOUR JOB. I'm not saying its one party's fault over anothers. In fact, I blame both parties equally. If it takes a shutdown to get them to do their jobs, then so be it! This is no way to run a single person household, let alone a nation. It's disgraceful.

Wed, Mar 16, 2011

They should lock them in and until they make a decision, one way or the other. No baths or restrooms, you know if it was in the public sector and the heads could not make a decision someone would have been fired by now. Maybe we need to give the people that type of power so when this people think they are above the law and can not make good decisions for "We The People" we can have a vote to fire them.

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