The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to advance a short-term government funding extension, aimed at averting a partial government shutdown.
The bill, which now awaits President Biden’s signature, must be signed before the end of the day on Friday to prevent the shutdown. It passed with a significant majority, 314 to 108, revealing a notable division within the House Republican party: 107 Republicans supported the bill, while 106 opposed.
The urgency to pass the bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), escalated after the Senate approved it with a 77 to 18 vote. House leaders, recognizing the pressing need, quickly brought the bill to the floor on Thursday afternoon.
The vote was conducted under a suspension of the rules, a process that skips a procedural vote but requires a two-thirds majority for final passage, rather than a simple majority.
This decision came amid growing discontent among Speaker Mike Johnson’s conservative faction over the passage of another CR. Despite Johnson’s previous commitment to move away from CRs after one was passed in November, congressional leaders concurred on the necessity of this resolution. It provides lawmakers additional time to negotiate a comprehensive spending deal for fiscal year 2024.
Hours before the House vote, House Freedom Caucus Chair Bob Good met with Johnson, aiming to persuade Johnson to include a border security amendment in the CR.
“The Senate will be forced to consider, are they willing to fund the government and secure the border, or they refuse to fund the government because they don’t want to secure the border,” Good said.
However, Johnson’s spokesman Raj Shah quickly clarified the situation, stating, “The plan has not changed. The House is voting on the stop-gap measure tonight to keep the government open.”
The newly passed CR maintains Johnson’s “laddered” approach, extending two separate funding deadlines from January 19 and February 2 to March 1 and March 8, respectively. This strategy is part of Johnson’s effort to prevent Congress from passing a single, comprehensive “omnibus” spending bill, which is opposed by Republicans in both the House and Senate.
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