House Approves Short-Term Continuing Resolution, Preventing Government Shutdown
September 20, 2013 -
The U.S. House today approved H.J.Res. 59, the short-term continuing resolution that will keep the government open after the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013. The bill passed the House on a vote of 230-189.
The legislation continues funding for government programs and services at the current, post sequestration annual rate until December 15, 2013. This rate of funding will remain in place for the length of the continuing resolution, or until Congress approves the annual Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2014.
“This CR keeps this Congress moving in the right direction,” said House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers. “It gives us time to solve the urgent fiscal issues facing our nation – finding a balanced and attainable plan that eliminates sequestration, implements careful reforms for both discretionary and mandatory spending, and keeps our economy growing.”
“The ball is now in the Senate’s court to act on this legislation. It is my hope they will pass this bill swiftly, to avoid a government shutdown, and to provide for critical government services and programs,” Chairman Rogers continued. “A government shutdown is a political game in which everyone loses. It shirks one of our most basic duties as Members of Congress, and it puts our national security at stake.”
The bill also includes the text of H.R. 2682, the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013, and H.R. 807, the Full Faith and Credit Act.
To view the text of the bill, please visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hres352rh/pdf/BILLS-113hres352rh.pdf