Congress passes short-term extension

by ian


Both the House and Senate approved a short-term spending bill yesterday to fund the federal government in two parts through March.

The House voted 314 to 108 to approve the measure despite pushback from the House Freedom Caucus, which wanted to add border security to the bill. The Senate passed the same bill 77-18 after narrowly rejecting an amendment from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) that would restrain Palestinian aid until all Hamas hostages are released.

This is the third continuing resolution passed by Congress since September and comes as current funding was set to expire tonight at midnight, which would have resulted in a partial government shutdown.

The extension gives lawmakers more time to negotiate longer-term funding for this fiscal year. The current funding lasts until March 1 and March 8.