House, Senate advance short-term funding bill

by ian


Both chambers of Congress passed stopgap spending measures yesterday to avoid a partial government shutdown today. But conservative lawmakers in the House are criticizing the move.

The bill passed with more than a two-thirds majority in the House. It ultimately buys lawmakers more time to pass the official budget for the 2024 fiscal year.

Representatives are now moving forward with what Johnson calls a “robust appropriations process,” which would fund departments individually instead of in an omnibus bill. The deadline for six appropriations bills is now March 8, and six more are extended to March 22.

The Senate has passed its own short-term funding bill, which would give them the same deadlines in March.