UPDATED: Senate passes CR; sends to Obama for signature

 Editor's note: This story has been updated with late-breaking news.

Only hours after the House approved a 2012 spending bill that would keep the government functioning through Dec. 16, the Senate voted 70-30 to pass the measure that will avert a possible shutdown. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The House Appropriations Committee Nov. 14 proposed the spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown. It would give the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development $182 billion in continued funding. The bill is being called a "mini-bus," a play on the usual omnibus bills that provide full budgets.

The mini-bus will keep the operations of these departments running until Dec. 16, 2011, or until Congress passes the remaining nine fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said in a statement.

“The legislation introduced today represents a bipartisan compromise that will prevent a potential government shutdown, support important programs and services that the American people rely on, and make hard but necessary cuts to help rein in the nation’s deficit,” he said.

In the wake of partisan disagreement in Congress that brought the nation to the brink of a government shutdown several times this year, Obama signed the current legislation to keep the federal operations running on Oct. 4, The latest threat seemed to generate little interest or fear compared to earlier deadlines.

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

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Reader comments

Tue, Nov 22, 2011

let's just dissolve Congress

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 Cowboy Joe

Almost forgot - dock their pay for every day after the beginning of the fiscal year an operating budget isn't in place, and a pay dock for every day they don't show up to vote (well, maybe just pay 'em for the days they do show up to vote ... shorter calculation).

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 Cowboy Joe

No argument about ending congress as a lifetime career path, but we gotta' get rid of the even more dangerous career staffers and lobbyists too. An old pal of mine suggested something more like jury duty or the draft than our current big dollar circus elections. Maybe some sort of combination of all three without the high dollar part - I don't know.

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 Mil (Ret) HamptonRoads

Maybe our "public servants" (emphasis on servants) will prove themselves worthy this time. Hopefully in '12 we'll get the change we've all been promised. I agree w/Metro .. term limits, no retirement & no free lifetime medical.

Fri, Nov 18, 2011

My, My, My. You are on target. If they have the same benefits as we do and term limit, then the fighting would stop or at least be at a minimum. Who else in this United States write rules and make laws that don't apply to them? That's why we have dumb laws on the books. I'll bet all that will change if we had them living by what they approve and have to go back and work a real job.

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