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Government shutdown: House passes funding bill


U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at the Capitol in Washington, January 6, 2022.

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The House on Tuesday passed a funding bill that would prevent a government shutdown later this month, sending the measure to the Senate.

Congress faces a Feb. 18 deadline to avoid a lapse in federal funding. The bill approved by the House would keep the government running at current levels through March 11.

It passed by a 272-162 margin.

Earlier Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he plans to vote on the spending plan “quickly and in time for the Feb. 18 deadline.”

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Congress in recent years has often failed to pass full-year appropriations bills, bouncing between last-minute, short-term legislative efforts to keep the government running. Lapses in funding can lead to furloughs of federal workers and disruptions to government services and the economy.

Appropriators hope the three-week funding extension will give them enough time to craft a spending plan that goes through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. They failed to strike a long-term deal before the Feb. 18 deadline.

“We are close to reaching a framework government funding agreement, but we will need additional time to complete the legislation in full,” House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said in a statement Monday.

House members plan to leave Washington after votes Wednesday and are not set to return until after Presidents Day.

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