Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Resolution, Averts Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress has approved a short-term spending measure to avoid a partial government shutdown.  

The first of two deadlines to avoid a shutdown was tomorrow at midnight. A winter storm, expected to hit Washington on Friday, accelerated lawmakers to get the deal done today. The Senate passed the continuing resolution, or “stop-gap’ measure this afternoon. The House raced to approve the Senate’s just before 5 p.m. Thursday evening. 

The majority party in the House was split on the vote. Over 100 Republicans voted against the short-term funding bill and said their opposition stems from a failure to address the southern border. 

The short-term funding bill pushes the new deadlines to early March.