House passes continuing resolution: Government shutdown averted

House passes continuing resolution: Government shutdown averted

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A potential government shutdown was avoided late-Wednesday night when the House of Representatives passed a much-debated continuing resolution to sustain funding for federal agencies through early December.

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – The House of Representatives late-Wednesday night passed a much-debated continuing resolution that could have otherwise resulted in a government shutdown.

The continuing resolution passed 342-85 and effectively sustains federal funding beyond the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30.

Successful passage virtually guarantees that federal agencies previously projected to have depleted their previously allocated appropriations by December 11 will now receive a funding boost through December 9.

The Senate approved the continuing resolution Wednesday afternoon 72-26.

Contentious debate over the continuing resolution had centered on Democratic threats of a potential government shutdown if Republicans failed to agree to include funding to address the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

House Speaker Ryan (R-Wis.) rejected proposals to include funding for Flint in the continuing resolution and instead insisted that the funds be included in Water Resources Development Act of 2016.

The original House WRDA bill did not include funding for Flint but Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reached an agreement late-Tuesday night to allow a vote on an amendment to WRDA that would allocate $170 million to Flint and other communities affected by water contamination.

The Senate had previously passed a WRDA bill that had allocated $220 million to Flint and other communities affected by water contamination.

The continuing resolution also included allocated appropriations to combat the Zika virus and aid flood victims.

Wednesday night Ryan Tweeted his enthusiasm at having successfully avoided a government shutdown.

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