US House Approves ‘Stopgap’ Government Spending Measure

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 6:39 am (UTC-5)
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The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives have approved an emergency spending bill the Democratic-led Senate has vowed to defeat, setting up another threat of a government shutdown.

The measure approved early Friday morning by a vote of 219 to 203 will fund the government through November 18, until a spending plan for the 2012 budget year is passed. The measure includes $3.65 billion that will go toward disaster relief, but Senate Democrats are angry that the bill cuts $1.5 billion from government clean energy programs.

Senate Democrats have vowed to pass a spending bill that includes nearly $7 billion dollars in disaster aid. If a temporary bill is not passed by next Friday the government will partially shut down.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency could be impacted before then, because its disaster assistance accounts will likely run out of money by Monday.

Both chambers of Congress are scheduled to be in recess next week.

The bill failed in the House Wednesday, with 48 Republican lawmakers, mostly supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement, breaking from their leaders and voting against it because it did not contain deeper reductions in government spending.