Congress passes full-year funding

Legislation reflects handshake deal that narrowly averted shutdown

Editor's note: This story was updated late on April 14 to include the Senate's passage of the bill.

Congress passed legislation on April 14 that would fund the government through the end of fiscal 2011. The bill, which includes $1.05 trillion in spending, reflects an agreement that Congress reached late on the night of April 8 to avert a government shutdown.

On April 12, the White House announced that it supports the bill, although the administration disliked many of the cuts in the measure. By the evening of April 14, the bill was awaiting President Barack Obama's signature.


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“The bill reflects a compromise that will help the federal government live within its means while protecting those investments that will help America compete for new jobs,” the announcement states.

The current continuing resolution funds the government through April 15.

The latest bill, called the "Fiscal 2011 Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act.," would prevent a government shutdown, assure agencies of their money and provide funds for defense spending. However, IT programs are taking a hit under the legislation.

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Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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