House to vote on latest short-term government funding bill

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House to vote on latest short-term government funding bill

House Democrats unveiled a new stopgap spending measure Monday that would fund the federal government through early next month and avert a shutdown.

The legislation would keep the government open through March 11 as well as provide $350 million to address water contamination issues in Hawaii.

The House is expected to vote on the bill Tuesday. Congress has until Feb. 18 to approve a funding measure and send it to President Biden to sign.

“Our country needs a government funding agreement to create good-paying jobs, grow opportunity for the middle class, and protect our national security,” House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said in a statement.

“We are close to reaching a framework government funding agreement, but we will need additional time to complete the legislation in full,” she added.  

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., conducts a bill enrollment ceremony for the Further Extending Government Funding Act.
House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro emphasized that the US needs a government funding agreement to create good-paying jobs and to grow opportunities for the middle class.
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Congress most recently passed a continuing resolution in early December in order to give congressional negotiators time to approve so-called omnibus spending measures that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30.

Upon signing the last continuing resolution, President Biden stated that “funding the government isn’t a great achievement, it’s the bare minimum of what we need to get done.”

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