On Wednesday the Senate passed a two-week, stopgap funding bill designed to avert a government shutdown by a 91-9 vote, one day after the House approved the measure 335-91 with support from most House Republicans and a majority of Democrats. This will give Congress two more weeks, until March 18, in which to fund the government until the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
The measure includes $4 billion in spending cuts, far short of the $61 billion passed in a House bill two weeks ago that was renounced by both Senate Democrats and the president.
The bill, which will now head to President Obama’s desk, must be signed by Friday to prevent a government shutdown. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that the administration’s goal is to look beyond the continuing resolution to the longer-term solution, expected to face a more difficult road in Congress.
We’ll have more from our team on Capitol Hill later Wednesday. Stay tuned.