Shutdown likely averted

Editor's note: This article was modified after its original publication to add and clarify information.

In a last-chance effort to end a dispute that threatened a partial government shutdown, the Senate has reached a deal that could keep the government funded for another few weeks. The Senate passed a pair of bills early on the evening of Sept. 26, throwing the ball back to the House of Representatives.

The first bill provides funding for the government until early next week. That gives the House time to pass the continuing resolution that will keep the government functioning into mid-November. 

The sticking point has been funding for disaster relief for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The House-passed bill required such spending to be offset by cuts elsewhere, a measure Senate Democrats rejected.

Early predictions indicated that FEMA could run out of funds as early as Sept. 26, but an official later said the agency might have enough money until Oct. 1 when new funding kicks in. That revelation allowed the Senate to bypass the debate over offsets for disaster-aid spending. 

The House is in recess this week. Senate leaders are hoping the House will agree to adopt the shorter-term measure in a pro forma session later this week, and then pass the larger CR early next week, according to published accounts.

About the Author

Camille Tuutti is a former FCW staff writer who covered federal oversight and the workforce.

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Reader comments

Wed, Sep 28, 2011

The House is in 'recess.' They're on-break, so they'll just let the Fiscal Year elapse before looking at the Senate's response. (Kindergarten recess).

Tue, Sep 27, 2011

Has anyone ever figured out the REAL cost of CR's? It is the one thing that GAO or the CBO would obviously never look at. If we didn't have to waste our money with redundant processes and preparations caused by CR's maybe we could function on a reduced budget.

Tue, Sep 27, 2011

Yes, this is getting extremely frustrating. They should have the budget approved and ready to go by October 1st but they just can't get it done. Same as last year.

Tue, Sep 27, 2011

Michelle Bachmann was right we do need to cut the cost of government. We need to start with Congress members like her and her whole staff. Where in the Constitution, which she quotes so freely, does it say that we need 435 of them and their staffs. The American people need to vote on expanding the size of Congressional districts and then we can save some money. Plus some term limits need to be added for serving in Congress and they need to be also put into the FERS pot and not into their own gold plated retirement and benefits system. The House should be truly about the least number of people to do the job and represented by the common people and not the well connected, out of touch, serial ethics and law violators, long in the tooth, and rich and famous.

Tue, Sep 27, 2011 Washington, DC

The people have gotten just what they elected, politicians representing the extremes of both the right and the left, which leaves no one in the middle to compromise for the good of the people. This results in the disfunctional Congress you now see. Something to think about next time you vote, both in primaries and the general election.

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