Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Avert Shutdown

On Wednesday (Nov. 15), the Senate voted 87-11 to approve a funding bill passed by the House 336-95 the day before, averting a federal government shutdown set to start Friday at midnight. The bill uses a unique two-part process that temporarily funds some agencies until January 19 and others until February 2. This is the first time that a staggered Continuing Resolution (CR) has been used to fund the Federal government. The CR does not include any of the budget cuts that conservatives have asked for throughout the year. The CR also doesn’t include President Biden’s request for approximately $106 billion for Ukraine, Israel, border security, and other supplemental funds.