Senate Passes FY2013 CR

Senate Passes FY2013 CR

The Senate passed its version of the FY2013 Continuing Resolution (CR) today that will fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year.

The vote was 73-26.  The bill approves the same level of funding as the House version — $984 billion — and keeps the sequester in place.  For most agencies, the best news about Senate passage is that they are closer to knowing how much money they can spend through September 30.  The existing CR expires on March 27.

The Senate bill is different from its House counterpart, however, so now must go back to the House for their agreement.   House Speaker Boehner indicated earlier that he was comfortable with the changes made by the Senate at that point, so hopes are high that the House will accept it.   The bill then would still need to be signed by the President.

The Senate version includes a full year appropriations bill for agencies in the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill, which includes NASA and NOAA.  Although the total funding for NASA is lower in the Senate version, the agency would have greater flexibility in spending it than in the House version.

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