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House passes bill to keep government running until November 18th

I was trying to keep track of this bill.  If I understand it correctly, it is a continuing resolution (necessary because the democrats have not passed a budget) which keeps the government funded until November 18, 2011, and contains a provision funding FEMA.

It now goes to the president for signature.

And November 18th, it will all be to do again.  What a way to run a country.

The House has passed a short-term spending
that keeps the government running for six weeks and buys time for
future budget negotiations.

The 352-66 vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama in time to avert a government shutdown at midnight.

Now, what I don’t know is what happened to the spending off-sets the conservatives were fighting for.  Sounds like it didn’t happen.

(Yes, the GOP removed the spending off sets.)

In lieu of a 2012 federal budget, the House voted 352-66 to extend current  government funding through Nov. 18. The bill, which already passed the Senate,  now moves to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

Bipartisan support for the bill came only after Republicans removed  controversial spending cuts to offset an additional $3.2 billion in funding to  the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Senate Democrats balked at the offsets, which included about $1.5 billion in  spending cuts to a Department of Energy loan program for manufacturers of fuel-efficient  cars, as well as the DOE program that awarded a loan to bankrupted solar company  Solyndra.

Read more:  http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/04/congress-avoids-government-shutdown-yet-again/#ixzz1a0pK1B9j

HR 2017:  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR02017:@@@R#

HR 2608 House Roll #745:  http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2011-745

Posted:  10/04.11 @9:11 p.m.

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House committee of 3 passed FEMA funding until next Tuesday

 A short-term spending measure to fund the federal government into next week won approval Thursday from the U.S. House and now goes to President Barack Obama’s desk.


Short term, indeed.  Until next Tuesday. 

So I take it the House chose the one-week extension from the three choices they had:

The Senate passed and sent to the House a CR with the extra FEMA funds not offset. A second vote on a clean CR. And finally, a one-week clean CR that the House can pass by unanimous consent.

Congressional approval of the measure keeps the government funded through October 4. The House will then have to consider a more comprehensive measure that would keep the government funded through November 18.

It was passed by 3 House members using a unanimous consent procedure.  It goes to the president for signature.  It sounds to me that the “one week clean CR” was what was passed today.

I really don’t understand what this does for the FEMA funding. Unless the CR IS the FEMA funding…..  I was thinking it involved a lot more than just the FEMA funding because surely that one agency not being funded would not Shut Down the government, as Reid was whimpering about.  Anybody know?

Sounds to me like it is still not settled.  I am really confused.  What period of time is the $2.65 billion that is supposed to go for FEMA?


http://www.npr.org/2011/09/29/140930674/it-only-took-5-minutes-house-votes-to-stay-funded?ft=1&f=2    (HR2017)

Posted:  09.29.11 @ 7:47 p.m.

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