I was trying to keep track of this bill. If I understand it correctly, it is a continuing resolution (necessary because the democrats have not passed a budget) which keeps the government funded until November 18, 2011, and contains a provision funding FEMA.
It now goes to the president for signature.
And November 18th, it will all be to do again. What a way to run a country.
The 352-66 vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama in time to avert a government shutdown at midnight.
Now, what I don’t know is what happened to the spending off-sets the conservatives were fighting for. Sounds like it didn’t happen.
(Yes, the GOP removed the spending off sets.)
In lieu of a 2012 federal budget, the House voted 352-66 to extend current government funding through Nov. 18. The bill, which already passed the Senate, now moves to President Obama’s desk for his signature.
Bipartisan support for the bill came only after Republicans removed controversial spending cuts to offset an additional $3.2 billion in funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Senate Democrats balked at the offsets, which included about $1.5 billion in spending cuts to a Department of Energy loan program for manufacturers of fuel-efficient cars, as well as the DOE program that awarded a loan to bankrupted solar company Solyndra.
HR 2608 House Roll #745: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2011-745
Posted: 10/04.11 @9:11 p.m.