House approves stopgap spending bill to keep government open through March 11

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House approves stopgap spending bill to keep government open through March 11

The House passed a stopgap spending measure Tuesday that would fund the federal government through early next month and avert a shutdown.

The legislation — which was unveiled on Monday —  would fund the government through March 11 in addition to providing $350 million to address water contamination issues in Hawaii.

The bill’s 272-162 passage in the lower chamber comes well ahead of Congress’ Feb. 18 deadline, with the Senate expected to pass the measure in the coming days. 

Its passage marks the third continuing resolution Congress has passed since September, with the stopgap bill aimed at providing congressional negotiators additional time to negotiate to approve a so-called omnibus spending measure that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. 

The House of Representatives passed a stopgap bill that would fund the government through March 11.
The House of Representatives passed a stopgap bill that would fund the government through March 11.
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House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro said she believes that Congress is close to an agreement for a fiscal 2022 omnibus.
House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro said she believes that Congress is close to an agreement for a fiscal 2022 omnibus.
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“I rise in support of the further additional expending government funding act which through March 11. I would have preferred to come before the House to pass a fiscal 2022 omnibus but I believe we are close to an agreement and I’m eager to move this process forward and I have every expectation that we can finalize a framework in short order and work together to fill in the details.,” House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said on the floor ahead of the vote.

“The American people deserve with certainty that comes with full-year funding bill.”

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