SHORT TERM SPENDING MEASURE REACHED, GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN BATTLE AVERTED UNTIL DECEMBER 22 - December 8, 2017
Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill, but Shutdown Fears Mount
By Erich Wagner, Government Executive
Congress has approved a measure to keep the federal government open for two weeks, although the prospect of a longer-term spending deal remains unclear.
The Senate voted 81-14 for the stopgap spending package (H.J. Res. 123), which continues current spending levels until Dec. 22 and provides a temporary authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program until the end of 2017. Senate passage came Thursday evening after House lawmakers, voting mostly along party lines, approved the bill by a 235-193 vote.