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House OKs Continuing Resolution to Extend Government Funding Through March 11

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The House on Tuesday voted 272-162 to pass a continuing resolution that would fund government operations at current funding levels through March 11 and provide time to address appropriations bills for fiscal year 2022.

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said in a statement published Tuesday the stopgap measure is a result of “bipartisan, bicameral negotiation to keep the government up and running.”

“We are very close to an agreement and I am eager to move this process forward. I have every expectation that we can finalize a framework in short order and then work together to fill in the details and enact an omnibus,” DeLauro added.

NPR reported that the legislation is now headed to the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the upper chamber will work on the measure before the current continuing resolution expires on Feb. 18.

“While negotiations on a full-year funding agreement continue, we will in the meantime avoid a pointless and costly government shutdown,” Schumer said Tuesday. “This CR provides a little more time to reach a deal for a spending package. It is the responsible and prudent path forward that eliminates the risk of a shutdown.”

The House’s move marks the third time Congress has approved a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown since FY 2022 started in October.