House passes another short term funding bill to avoid shutdown

The House of Representatives passed a short-term funding bill to fund the government to avoid a shutdown. The funding will take effect in 10 days and last for about five weeks.

According to The Daily Caller News Foundation, this is the third such bill passed since October of last year and it funds the government on a temporary basis. 

“The continuing resolution is the third passed since October. It funds the government through March 11, which top lawmakers say should be enough time to agree on an omnibus funding package for the rest of the fiscal year,” the publication reported. 

The measure passed through the House in a vote of 272-162 with 51 Republicans joining almost every House Democrat in support of the measure.

“Though lawmakers praised that there would not be a shutdown, they acknowledged that the short-term bill, like the ones the House passed in late September and early December, was not ideal,” the DCNF reported.

Had the bill not been passed for the upcoming fiscal year, the funding, which have largely been the same since former President Donald Trump’s final year in office, the government would have shut down. 

“The American people deserve the certainty that comes with a full-year funding bill,” Connecticut Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said on the floor ahead of the vote. “The transformative investment that omnibus provides will create good-paying jobs. [It] will expand access to child care and strengthen our public schools and make college more affordable and help small businesses.”

Republicans have praised the resolution saying that a shutdown at this time would be absolutely catastrophic for the government at this time. 

“No one wants to have a C.R., but the alternative is much worse,” said Texas Republican Rep. Kay Granger, the Appropriations Committee’s ranking member. “If we don’t pass a C.R. … we could have an unnecessary and costly government shutdown. I think both sides agree that would be disastrous, especially for our national security.”