September 30, 2013
The U.S. House today approved H.J.Res. 59, a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) 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 228-201.
The legislation, the third mechanism that the House has offered to prevent a government shutdown, continues funding for government programs and services at the current, post-sequestration annual rate of $986 billion 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. In addition, the legislation includes a one-year delay on the individual mandate imposed by Obamacare, and eliminates the employer subsidy for the health care insurance plans of Members of Congress, Member staff, and political appointees.
“The House tonight demonstrated that they do not want a government shutdown – not now, and not in the future – by acting swiftly to pass this critical piece of legislation,” said House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers. “The people of this great nation deserve a government that keeps its doors open at all times to protect our security and our well-being.
“While this bill isn’t perfect, it’s our most immediate path forward,” Chairman Rogers continued. “Our time is running out. I remain hopeful that my colleagues in the Senate will do their jobs, work with the House, and pass this legislation in short order.”