Shutdown averted…for now
On Wednesday afternoon, just before the end of fiscal year 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill on a vote of 277-151. Earlier in the day, the Senate passed the bill on a 78-20 vote. Without this agreement, the U.S. government would have shut-down as the new fiscal year begins on October 1.
Ninety-one Republicans joined with 186 Democrats to pass the House bill; 151 Republicans opposed the funding extension.
The continuing resolution (CR) doesn’t put an end to the concerns, however, as it only extends funding through December 11.