Senate okays bill funding government through Saturday

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted 86-14 to pass a continuing appropriations resolution that funds the government until Saturday.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the short-term continuing resolution (CR) by midnight to prevent a government shutdown. The CR or House Joint Resolution 106 gives Congress a few more days to pass the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill that funds the government for the rest of the year.

The House passed the same CR on Tuesday and is expected to pass the omnibus bill later this week.

The government is being funded through a stopgap bill passed by the House and signed by the President on Oct. 18. The bill, which ended the government shutdown in October, is valid until Wednesday.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) asked the Senate Wednesday to pass the short-term extension citing a technical situation.

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