Government Shutdown Averted — Till Tuesday Anyway

Government Shutdown Averted — Till Tuesday Anyway

The House has passed a very short term Continuing Resolution (CR ) to keep the government operating over the weekend. The Senate passed it on Monday so it is now ready for the President’s signature.

This “bridge” CR, which expires on Tuesday, is necessary because the House is meeting only in pro forma session this week. Very few members are in town. The CR passed by unanimous consent of those who were present.

A multi-week CR that lasts until November 18 could be more controversial and House members wanted a more formal debate on that measure. Therefore this CR covers the several days until that can take place.

The CRs are needed because none of the 12 appropriations bills that would fund the government for FY2012 has cleared Congress yet. FY2012 begins on Saturday, October 1.

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